Protect Yourself & Your Home from Toxic Mold

How Can You Prevent Mold from Forming in Your Home?

To be honest, most people do not know how to prevent the formation of mold in a home or office. We do not have a foolproof approach. However, we do know many of your local professionals who can help you prevent and remove mold. We have provided (below) some common guidelines that are reportedly effective.Protect Yourself and Your Home from Toxic Mold

We are convinced that mold is a toxic substance. Mold is used in chemical and biological warfare to harm others. And it does harm others. Many also believe that mold should be remediated only by professionals, and not by you. Trained professionals have the necessary equipment, protective gear, products, and knowledge to handle and remove mold safely.

Of utmost importance in keeping your home or office free of mold are: (1) effective home cleaning and maintenance, and (2) a quick response to water intrusion into the building.

Home Cleaning and Maintenance

Dust, link, mold, mildew and debris makes any home uninviting. They also create the needed conditions for the development and nurturing of mold and mycotoxins. Regular and thorough dusting, cleaning, and home maintenance is the first critical step in maintaining a mold-free environment.

Areas in your home that are of greatest concern include:

  • Window sills
  • Entry ways
  • Door frames
  • Basements
  • Around plumbing apparatuses
  • Behind washers and dishwashers
  • Shower stalls
  • Corners in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Leaking toilet tanks
  • Poorly sealed areas around chimneys, roof flashing, vent stacks

Mold and mildew can also harm – and even destroy – your furniture and carpeting. It can also damage and destroy the property itself. Mold often forms on wood and wall materials (dry wall, weatherboard, sheet rock, and siding.

To prevent the growth of mold in your home, you need to monitor these areas every two to three days, during damp weather conditions, and if plumbing issues arise. Mold growth can begin within 48 hours.

A Word about Mildew

Protect Yourself and Your Home from Toxic MoldThere is a widespread misperception about mildew that could be dangerous. Many people believe that mildew is no big thing to be concerned about. In fact, however, mildews are highly toxic and do produce mycotoxins. The presence of mildew in the home doubles the possibility of asthma in children, according to the latest research.  Mildew can be just as harmful to your family’s health as any other type of mold. To keep your home free of mold, mildew, and mycotoxins, it is important to create and conduct a mold and mildew prevention plan.

Conditions that Facilitate Mold Growth

It is important to understand that mold and mildew cannot exist in the absence of a certain amount of moisture. This moisture is mold’s “air.” Understanding and monitoring high risk areas in the home will help you to prevent the growth of mold.

Controlling and limiting humidity levels in your home is a second critical step in fighting mold. Mold can easily collect is such areas as

  • Showers
  • Sinks
  • Around and beneath sinks
  • Around and beneath appliances that use water (washing machine, dishwasher, water lines to freezers, or a leaking hot water heater).
  • Mold can also grow inside these appliances

Dark, moist or damp, and out of sight areas are ideal for mold to breed, grow, and product mycotoxins. It may be advisable to install an extractor fan in bathrooms and kitchen, for example, to draw steam out of the house and maintain safe levels of moisture in the home. Inspect and clean regularly any areas of your home that are home to moisture (kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, etc.).

Dealing with Water Intrusion

Address any and all water intrusion IMMEDIATELY to stop mildew growth. Ensure that all water is removed as quickly as possible. Dry out any water-permeable areas (drywall, sheetrock, wall and door trim, doors, and items that could be habitable for mold). Remove all remaining moisture from corners, covered areas. Remove all moisture from the flooded area.

Manage Air Flow and Circulation

Also critical in preventing mold growth is a regular flow of air and good circulation. Fans, exhaust fans, and open windows can assist you in ensuring adequate air flow. Dehumidifiers can help you to remove excess moisture from your home. Before purchasing a dehumidifier, do your research into the various types of humidifiers in order to choose the right device for your home and your needs.

By following these simple steps regularly, you can maintain and mold and mildew free home. This will create an environment that supports the health of your family.