Mold is a term that applies to a variety of unwanted fungi that grow both indoors and outdoors. Mold exposure can pose several problems for you and your family’s health, and may also cause damage to your home. Therefore, it is imperative that you educate yourself about the dangers of mold and what you can do prevent it. In this blog, we will give you some tips for preventing mold growth in your home.
Health Risks of Mold
Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health issues, but could also cause none of all. Mold produces irritating substances that can be allergens to certain individuals who are sensitive to mold. Some molds even produce toxic substances called mycotoxins, though the exact conditions in which molds produce these toxins are not known. The biggest danger associated with mold is for those who are allergic to it. An allergic reaction may happen immediately, or it could occur after repeated exposure. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to mold include:
- Runny nose
- Watery and red eyes
- Skin irritation
- Itchy eyes
People with asthma may also experience asthma attacks when exposed to mold. Even if you are not allergic to mold, it can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and airways. Some people experience severe allergic reactions to mold, which can cause difficulty breathing and fever.
What You Can Do About It
For mold to grow, it requires moisture, so your efforts should be focused on controlling the level of moisture in your home. Here are some tips for controlling mold in your home:
- Dry wet areas immediately. If you experience flooding, clean up immediately, as mold grows in moisture.
- Control humidity in your home. Properly ventilate your home, particularly in places that create moisture, such as the bathroom, by opening windows and installing fans. You may also consider a dehumidifier if your home is particularly humid.
- Use cellulose insulation. At Paulsen Insulation, we can provide you with the insulation you need to control the temperature of your home and to prevent mold growth in your wall cavities. Our cellulose insulation is specially designed to restrict the air movement that brings moisture into the walls, which condenses and turns into mold spores. Our insulation includes a boric acid additive, which naturally inhibits mold growth.
- Make sure your gutters are working properly and are clean. Sometimes, mold occurs solely because the roof leaked due to damaged gutters. Keep your gutters in tip-top shape to inhibit mold growth.
- Fix any leaks promptly. If your sink, toilet, or other plumbing fixtures leak, it can cause moisture to collect, leading to mold growth.
- Don’t install carpets in any particularly humid rooms, such as basements, laundry rooms, or bathrooms.
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