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How does mould form in the home and how to prevent it

Posted by Kirby Cox on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 1:35pm.

Yes, spring is finally here! But, we should not forget that with the anticipation of warmer weather this season, we will always be met with a lot of precipitation too. With rain, hail or even snow (as much as we hate to admit it), comes moisture and moisture is never good for your home. When excess moisture goes unnoticed in your home, mould can form.

To understand mould a bit more, let’s go back to the basics.The reproduction of mould occurs through tiny spores, that are present in outdoor and indoor air. The growth of mould indoors occurs when mould spores land on wet surfaces.

It’s important to be aware that moulds can potentially be harmful to humans. Moulds produce allergens, irritants and in rare cases, toxic substances. Depending on the sensitivity of the person, and the allergies they may have, mould and mould spores can cause a reaction.

If your home has mould present indoors, contact a professional to deal with the issue. Although there may be home remedies and do-it-yourself solutions out there, when you are dealing with an issue that can spread, you want to ensure you completely remove the problem. If you do not fix the problem accurately, chances are the mould will return.

Mould growth indoors can be prevented by controlling the amount of moisture in your home. The mould will grow as a result of a water problem.

Here are some tips to preventing indoor mould growth:

  • When you notice a water leak or spill, act quickly. If damp areas are dried within 24 to 48 hours, likely mould will not form.
  • Clean and repair your gutters regularly.
  • Keep indoor humidity levels low; relative humidity should be below 60 per cent. You can measure the level of humidity in your home with a moisture or humidity metre.
  • Make sure the fan in your bathroom is on when showering.
  • Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking or dishwashing.

If you have worked with a professional on mould remediation before, let us know who by engaging with us on social media!

 

Kirby Cox

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