Mold is everywhere and is necessary for life. But too much of it — and especially if it’s a concentrated heavy growth — can be hazardous to your health.
Not everyone in Springboro is sensitive to mold exposure. Some people can be around it and have no side effects at all. Others, especially young people, can have allergic reactions, asthma symptoms, or other respiratory issues.
The absolute best defense to mold exposure is to keep as much of it out of the home in the first place. There is no way to eliminate all molds, but some practical mold prevention steps are necessary to a healthy home.
Controlling moisture is the primary goal to minimizing mold growth. Mold is a live organism and like every other living thing, needs moisture to live. If you reduce moisture in the home, you can greatly reduce the opportunity for mold to develop. For many homes, this means concentrating on the basement. Water seepage into basements is a common cause of mold growth. From expensive steps such as hiring a company to seal off basement walls, to inexpensive steps such as running a household dehumidifier — whatever you decide to do is going to help any moisture situation.
Venting bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other moisture-generating areas of the home is also smart. Physically removing air laden with moisture means mold growth is limited.
Running the air conditioner during humid periods of the year keeps the humidity level lower in your entire home. Yes, it costs to run the AC, but it will cost you more if you have a mold problem that requires professional remediation.
Keep an eye on areas that suffer from condensation, such as windows, doors, even pipes under sinks. Condensation is an excellent source of moisture that mold will use to grow and spread.
Remember, mold can be found almost anywhere, and can grow on virtually any surface, such as wood, paper, and dirt on carpet (the carpet fibers themselves are not an organic food source for mold).
If you discover moisture intrusion issues, such as from a leaky pipe, drain, toilet, or in the basement — anywhere in your home — take steps to fix the issue. And be sure to inspect for mold growth.
If you see any evidence of mold growth in your home, do the smart thing. Call Dragon Restoration at (937) 428-2626!