Mold. It’s one word that strikes fear in the hearts of homeowners everywhere. It is unsightly, of course, but it can also cause health issues if it lingers around.
Needless to say, no one wants mold in their homes. But when you’re away for the off-season, mold can infiltrate your home and there’s nothing you can do about it (unless, of course, you hire a home watch service!).
Here’s how mold forms and what we can do about it.
Why Mold Happens
Mold is a fungus that grows and spreads in the presence of moisture. When it comes to homes, mold accumulates in places that are moist and damp. This usually means the basement, but in homes where there are leaks or excess humidity, mold can accumulate.
When mold occurs, it can be in the form of mold that’s in the walls and floors, or it can be surface mold that appears on your belongings and furniture. The latter is typically the case when there is too much humidity in your home, which happens fairly easily if you’re not careful.
Mold and Health
Mold can cause health problems, such as allergic reactions, asthma attacks, irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, and other potential conditions. It’s not a good idea to habitually breathe air that contains mold spores – which means if mold is present in your home in large-enough amounts, you can’t live there until it has been handled.
Dealing with Mold
Moisture control is the name of the game when it comes to mold. If water infiltrates your home, such as during a storm or because of an internal plumbing leak, it’s important to dry any wet area within 24-48 hours. You’ll need to clean up the excess water as well as deal with any mold that may have developed.
If mold develops on hard surfaces, you can clean it with a mixture of detergent and water. But, if mold has gotten into any absorbent material – such as your ceiling tiles or your carpet – they may have to be replaced.
A home watch service can help control mold by monitoring your home and making sure everything is under control, especially moisture and humidity.