How to Protect Your Home from Mold
Mold may be good and essential for life on Earth, but it can be harmful if it starts to grow inside your home.
There are over 100,000 species of mold on the planet. The primary purpose of mold is to decompose dead organic matter back into its basic building blocks and simple molecules in order to fuel another organism. While mold may be beneficial to the planet, it does not bode well for humans if it grows inside of a human home. Mold release spores and can be harmful to the respiratory system if they are inhaled. Here are a few tips you should use to protect your home from mold.
CONTROL THE HUMIDITY
- Do not install carpets in rooms that tend to get damp and collect moisture. Such rooms include the bathroom, kitchen, and basements.
- Keep the humidity in your home between 30 and 60 percent by using an air conditioner and dehumidifier.
KEEP YOUR SYSTEMS DRY
- You need to inspect the hoses of your HVAC devices. If there is mold in your hoses, your water may be contaminated. A hose should be replaced every five years in order to ensure that it remain clean. Check the hoses of these systems:
º Fridge ice and water dispenser
º Bathroom toilets
º Kitchen and bathroom sinks
º Water heater
DRY POST-WATER DAMAGE HASTILY
- Dry or remove soaked carpets, padding, and upholstery within 48 hours after the water damage. Anything that cannot be properly dried needs to be discarded to avoid mold growth.
- Stagnant water needs to be mopped and dried immediately, as standing water is a paradise for these, and all, microscopic organisms.
- Wash and disinfect any and all surfaces that came into contact with the water damage.
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