Recently, we’ve been hearing from people who have discovered mold growing on some of the surfaces in their home. After our wet winter and rainy spring, this comes as no surprise! Many people see mold and fear that it may cause health problems. While it is true that some molds can pose a danger to human health, the vast majority do not pose a threat and can be easily cleaned up. Plus, there are easy steps you can take to keep mold from taking hold in your home.
A Few Things You Should Know About Mold
- The potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.
- There is no practical way to eliminate ALL molds and mold spores from the indoor environment; the BEST way to control indoor mold growth is to control the moisture (water/humidity) in your home.
- If mold is an issue in your home, you must clean up the area with mold and then eliminate the sources of moisture (water/humidity).
- Fix any and all sources of water leaks or water problems to prevent mold growth.
- Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and soap detergent (bleach is not necessary) and allow to dry completely.
- Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, provided moisture (water/humidity) is constantly present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet and various types of foods.
What Can You Do To Prevent Mold?
- Vacuum and clean regularly to remove any potential sources of mold. Pay special attention to bathrooms, laundry rooms or other areas of your home that are likely to generate moisture.
- Use area rugs in areas where moisture is likely to collect or use washable floor surfaces rather than wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the house.
- Do not store paper, clothes, books or other sources of food for mold in humid areas.
- Repair water leaks in roof, windows, or any other parts of the home immediately.
- Clean refrigerator drip pans and door gaskets, as moisture can build up and grow mold.
- Make sure that your rain gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. Also, ensure that the exterior walls of the home are free of vegetative overgrowth or anything trapping moisture against the house.
If you have concerns about mold in your home, contact us at 760-891-3510 and we can help answer your questions.