In the span of just TWO days, mold can grow in simultaneously in furniture, wood, food, clothes, and many other places in our homes. Here’s a guide to find out if there is mold around you, the health effects of mold, and places in your home which are prone to have mold. If you missed part 1 of this series, you can read it here

How to Know if There is Mold Around You?

  1. Allergic symptoms – Allergy problems can be a sign of mold growth around you. Symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, and sore eyes.Do you feel the symptoms worsen at home and get better outside? Then, check out for mold in your home. 
  2. Sensing mold odor– Mold can also give off a odor. If you ever happen to come across that moldy odor around you, don’t ignore it. Additionally, complete a thorough check to find out hidden mold.
  3. Noticing visible signs The most obvious way to know about the presence of mold is by seeing it. However, many a times, slight mold signs may often look like some sort of dirt.
  4. Signs of water problems Have you had moisture problems in your house or water related issues such as a roof or pipe leak? Then there are pretty good chances that for the presence of mold.

How Does Mold Affect health?

Maximum damage to our bodies is caused by black mold as it contains mycotoxins which affect our skin, respiratory functions, and more. The following list highlights a few possible health issues that may be caused due to hidden Mold in the house-

  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Hemorrhage
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Irritation of the mucous membrane
  • Tiredness

Where Can be Mold Found?

It is a known fact that Mold feeds on organic matter and grows in moist atmosphere. The following places are typical homes for Mold.

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry rooms
  • Basements
  • Pipes and Duct work
  • Bedroom
  • Closet
  • Food
  • Furniture

How to Get Rid of Mold?

  • Uses of Cleaning Solutions- If the infested area is less than 10 square feet, then you can clean it up yourself by taking proper precautions. There are a number of readily available cleaning solutions that you can use to get rid of mold:
  • Bleach- 1 cup of bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water can be used to spray over the affected area. This solution is very effective when used on Moldy surfaces. However, bleach gives off harsh fumes and also it is ineffective on porous surfaces.
  • Vinegar- Known to be safer than bleach, undiluted white/apple cider vinegar when sprayed on the affected surfaces and left to dry for an hour or so gives great results.
  • Baking Soda- A known deodorizer that is both mild and safe in terms of usage. The best is that it can be used to clean porous surfaces. 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 8 ounces of water is an effective cleanser. Spray on the affected area, scrub and then rinse.
  • Wash Clothing Immediately – Imagine coming home after a swim at Deep Bay and you leave your wet clothes in a ball on the bathroom floor. If you later find mold on your clothes, wash them immediately to get rid of any possible mold spores.
  • Hire Professionals– If the infestation is persistent; you may need to call for the help of professionals.  Do a proper research to find out the best ones before you hire one. After a complete inspection of your home, they will suggest a plan of action.

 

“Prevention is better than cure”. One of the best ways to help keep mold away is to take precautionary measures. Keeping checking your home thoroughly to discover areas prone to mold and try curbing mold growth altogether.