Unfortunately, our respiratory systems have many enemies. And among all of the various pollutants of our breathing air that exist, mould is arguably the most prevalent. It’s probably safe to say that the fact that mould is dangerous to our health falls in the category of “common knowledge”. However, what is not so common is the direct attention that we all need to pay to keeping the growth of mould at bay in our homes.
This is because mould can occur just about anywhere in our homes. Obviously, we all spend a great deal of time within our respective living spaces. So if there is any location that needs to be free of mould, it’s our homes. But where exactly can mould be found? What are the most common areas for mould to begin to grow? According to Health Canada, basements, closets, window sills, roofs, and around sinks, tubs and pipes definitely require our attention.
Poor ventilation is listed as a major cause of poor indoor air quality thanks to mould. Not to mention, dampness and humidity are major factors in the growth of mould. Clearly, there are particular approaches to maintaining our homes that should be practiced in order to limit or completely eliminate mould growth. Here are five ways to prevent the growth of mould in your home.
1. Look for and repair any leaks. As mentioned, mould needs moisture to grow. Leaky pipes and leaks in your roof are major culprits in the development of mould. Many of these leaks can be occurring inside your walls, so they can be difficult to detect. Keep an eye on your walls and ceilings to detect any signs of water damage. “Repair any water leaks as soon as you notice them. Clean up immediately after any flood,” insists Health Canada.
2. Reduce humidity. When the weather is humid or it has been raining for a while, mould tends to form on surfaces in the home. Health Canada recommends that you “keep humidity low, about 50% in summer and 30% in colder weather. If needed, use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce humidity levels. You can use a hygrometer (an inexpensive tool available at most hardware stores) to measure humidity.”
3. Clean up around the house. Consider mould an uninvited house guest that enjoys playing “hide and seek”. And consider yourself someone who doesn’t enjoy playing such a game. The more clutter you have in your home, the more opportunities you give mould to hide from you. Health Canada insists that you throw out your basement clutter since “cardboard boxes and old clothes are great places for mould to grow.”
4. Keep your home well ventilated. In other words, you have to allow your home to breathe. Opening up the windows allows for a circulation of air that prevents pockets of stale or moist air that mould uses to thrive in. Remember that while cooking or taking a shower, there is often steam that arises from the heat. This creates humidity that will keep surfaces wet for longer periods of time than necessary.
5. Use exhaust fans. During the colder days of the year, you’re not going to be able to open those windows, or keep them open for very long if you do. On such days, be sure to make use of your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans when cooking or showering, recommends Health Canada. You should also allow the fans to keep running for, at least, a few minutes after you are done. Following each of these steps will help to stave off the growth of mould in your home.
As we pointed out, however, you won’t always be able to see the mould that exists in your living space. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Mould Assessment Services so that you can know for sure. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.