Mold is nasty stuff. It causes allergies, worsens asthma, and generally makes you feel tired and lethargic: not what you want. The problem is that many of us are engaging in habits which encourage the growth of mold in our homes. Here’s how.
You’re Not Opening Windows After Cooking Or Showering
Both cooking and showering lead to the production of a lot of steam – something that mold loves. Modern bathrooms and kitchens come with extractor fans which automatically switch on when you turn on the light. But if you have an older kitchen or your extractor fan doesn’t work correctly, steam could build up and linger long enough to allow mold to get a foothold.
The good news, however, is that there is an easy solution: just open the window. Fresh air will pour in and equalize the humidity.
You’re Not Using Mold-Resistant Products
Old-fashioned drywall is made using a gypsum plaster core contained within piles of paper. Mold cleanup and removal services are often called in to clean up mold that grows on regular drywall, but now you can skirt around the problem entirely with mold-resistant drywall. If you’re not using mold resistant products on drywall, then it’s time to make the switch and prevent mold-buildup.
You’re Neglecting Your Guttering
When it comes to defending against mold, your guttering is essential. Guttering is supposed to transport water from the roof into your draining system, preventing water from running down the walls to the foundations. However, when guttering is broken or defective, it can’t do its job, and you run the risk of rising damp, either in the walls themselves, or the foundations. Water spills over the top of the guttering overflow down the walls, and seeps into the masonry, providing the perfect environment for mold to grow.
Often, sorting out your guttering is straightforward. All you need to do is clean out any blockages, and your system will work as new. If, however, you find cracks, then you’ll need to get a contractor to replace sections.
You Have Lots Of Indoor Plants
Read any interior design blog, and you’ll find writers extolling the benefits of interior plants. Not only do plants look great, but they also help to freshen the atmosphere in your home. But there’s a problem: interior plants provide the perfect habitat for specific species of mold, giving them a foothold.
What can you do about it? Removing plants from your home is one potential solution, but not the best. The other thing you can do is use Taheebo tea to water your plants. This beverage is anti-fungal, preventing any spores that do end up in your house from developing.
Your Home Has Poor Airflow
Proper airflow is vital from preventing the buildup of moisture and condensation. If you have a problem with circulation in your home, try moving furniture around and moving sofas away from walls. Open doors when possible, and let air into closets and other cupboards to prevent them from becoming dank and stale.
Is your home mold-proof?