Mould In The Home

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Any amount of mould growing in your home can be a health risk, and even Health Canada considers it to be a significant health hazard. Mould can pose problems like an irritation to the mucous membranes including your eyes, nose and throat causing coughing and a build-up of phlegm. Being exposed to mould for a longer period of time can also lead to wheezing, increased symptoms for those with asthma, and even infections. Of course, the level of threat all depends on the amount of mould present in the home as well as the health and age of the people living in the home too. So it's important to remember that if you think you could be living in a home with mould in it that you may want to talk with a doctor and tell them your situation.

You'll also want to learn how to remove mould from your home the safest way possible, so it doesn't end up returning. The top priority when you have mould in your home is to clean it up and to control the humidity inside the home. Mould thrives in humid areas so to kill it and keep it away for good, your home will have to be fairly dry. It's important to know that not all mould is visible. Mould grows anywhere it finds an opportunity to grow like in behind drywall or tiles, in the ceiling and under the carpet. It will especially grow anywhere there is water damage or sitting water.

So it's important to check all areas for mould including your window frames and seals, floors, baseboards, ceilings, fabrics, carpets, shower stalls and bathtubs. If you find some mould, it should be removed as soon as possible. If the mould growth in your home is significant, you should call in the professionals. They may give you advice on how you can clean it up and prevent it from returning, or they will come and remove it for you. They'll create a plan of action that prioritizes the clean up of all the mould within the home, and then they will also educate you in how to keep your home a mould free area.

What Health Canada doesn't recommend is an air test since these tests don't give enough information since it doesn't have any information about health. They tell us that all mould should be safely removed from the home to ensure the best health for the residents. Getting rid of items like books, papers and notebooks that have mould on them is the only way to get it out of your home completely. Fabric that has mould on it should also be thrown away too including stuffed toys, pillows, blankets, and sheets. If a mattress has mould on it, it needs to be cleaned properly with a steam cleaner and a HEPA vacuum.

One of the best things you can do to eliminate mould or to prevent your home from attracting mould is to get a Dehumidifier. This will pull any of the humidity out of the air and leave the air in your home drier and less likely to attract mould. You should also ensure that your home has proper ventilation as well. Prevent mould growth in the bathroom by running a fan before, during and after taking a shower and always wipe up any standing water in your bathroom, so it doesn't seep into the floorboards causing more significant issues. When you're in the kitchen, always make sure to run your range hood fan to eliminate any extra moisture rising from boiling water or steaming vegetables. Always check connections in sinks and dishwashers regularly too. With some easy preventative measures and some simple steps you can create a healthy home environment free from mould.

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