Molds produce airborne spores that are widespread wherever there is humidity, darkness, and oxygen. Mostly harmless in nature, this type of fungi looks like specks of black, white, green, or brown in color.
Usually thrive in moisture, molds build their colonies in less than a day and on damp surfaces and become visible in two weeks. It feeds on organic material, lives in damp in optimal temperature, away from the sunlight, and needs oxygen to survive. As its spores are airborne and can easily be disseminated, it is no wonder that you experience mold taking over your bathroom walls, roof, or basement. But it is wise to take action immediately as it will have toxic effects on your health and your valuable belongings at home. Let’s have a look at how to avoid mold in your house.
Know The Problem
When you know the cause, the silver bullet finds its way automatically. so, in the case of mold, you must know where there is moisture, there is mold. Just find the source and get rid of the problem. It could be leaky drainage or an unclogged pipe or mere tap leakage or standing water on the roof. If the area you reside in is prone to flooding or hurricanes, molds are inevitable. Keep the contact details of a professional mould removal Perth contractor handy to avoid any serious risk.
Keep Your Basement Humidity Levels in Check
Your basement and crawl spaces are most at risk for the molds to grow due to the dampness and darkness. To avoid dampness, never finish the basement walls with wallboards or insulation unless it is completely dry. Avoid the use of carpet in the interior. Use a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the damp air of your basement and general ventilation that vent outdoors rather than in the attic. Building an elevation between the house and the bordering ground can save your basement from flooding.
Take Care Of Your Organic Indoor Material
If your mattresses and carpets are below the belt, it’s better to throw them rather than keeping the contaminated materials at home. If your non-porous material such as cloths, curtains, bedding, and drapes are infected, get them dry cleaned. There is a good chance that you can save your fabric items with deep cleaning.
Install Proper Ventilation System
An effective ventilation system helps to circulate the air indoors and helps to curb the spread of mold. In the kitchen and the bathroom, small exhaust fans are essential. In the crawl spaces, vents and fans must be installed on the outside walls to keep humidity in check. Place your clothes dryer in the open air and clean its duct at least twice a year. The vent must be cleaned of obstructions and debris. Take your plumbing issues seriously even if it is just a tap repair.
Make sure that while disinfecting and cleaning, the exposure to mold is minimum. Use protective equipment that includes rubber gloves, goggles, a face mask, and a set of outer clothes are mandatory when working around the microorganism.