It might seem that a mold infestation would be unmistakable. However, this often noxious growth can take many forms, and has a way of making itself at home in the most hidden nooks and crannies. Health issues associated with mold can include itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing. It can also trigger an allergic reaction or an asthma attack, and in some cases, even permanent damage to the lungs. Here are seven ways to ensure that your home is not at risk.
1. Disinfect bathrooms with a mold-killing cleaner.
2. Maintain low levels of humidity indoors, ideally no more than 50 percent.
3. Make sure that exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms, and dryers are properly venting outdoors.
4. Avoid using carpeting in areas that are prone to humidity or moisture.
5. Repair any leaks in roofs, walls or plumbing.
6. When painting indoor surfaces, add a mold inhibitor to the paint you use.
7. Thoroughly clean and dry out your home within one or two days of flooding.
Finally, one of the most problematic areas to maintain is the ductwork used by your heating or cooling system. It's a good idea to find a local HVAC specialist to inspect and clean your ducts, especially if you or your family have noticed symptoms of a potential mold contamination. Call Carolina Ductmasters at 866-811-3828.