Mold is a sight for sore eyes. Whether it’s the orange film that you find in the kitchen drain, the spot on the shower curtain or the ugly white patches on the basement floor, molds are just ugly to look at.
In some cases, mold infestation can cause health problems like asthma and other allergies. Some studies even suggest that it can lead to chronic lung problems if not controlled. Needless to say, you need to subject your house to mold inspection just to be sure. And when you found out that there is indeed an infestation, mold removal is the next best step.
Who is at Risk of Mold Reaction?
Inhaling or touching mold spores can already trigger an allergic reaction to most people. This includes running nose, sneezing, skin rash and red eyes. For some people with severe reactions, difficulty in breathing may set in or if you have asthma, it might trigger an asthma attack.
Some members of your family may even be more susceptible to allergic reactions like:
Infants and children
Those who have compromised immune system
Those who suffer from chronic lung disease
You don’t have to wait and see if you or any member of your family have these reactions. You can be proactive and subject your home to mold inspection and removal.
Some Tips in Controlling Molds
While you can’t fully eradicate molds, there are ways to at least prevent or reduce the already worsening infestation.
First, mold spores can’t grow without moisture. The best way to prevent mold infestation is to fix anything that can be a source of moisture at home. If there is a leaking faucet, have it fixed. Not only will you be saving a lot of money, you prevent your home from becoming a dump. You can install a dehumidifier to remove moisture in the air. This, although unseen can also cause mold spores to propagate.
If molds are already in your home, have it remove and makes sure to fix the cause of dampness. Removing the molds without fixing the source of water leakage in the home won’t do any good. They are likely going to return.
If you have an AC unit, make sure to free the drain likes from obstructions. The pan that contains the water drip should also be drained properly. This can be a breeding ground not only for molds but also for mosquitoes.
Make sure to fix leaks and seepage. You can do this by making sure that your ground is sloping always from your house. Water can also enter from the outside of your home. If this is your case, you can opt for a simple landscaping, or in a worst case scenario, you can go for an extensive excavation and waterproofing.
These are some of the things that you can do to prevent mold from infesting your home and to protect your family.