5 Ways to Prevent Mould in Your Home
While mould growth inside the home is more common in the fall and winter months due to moist, humid environments, most parts of Canada are still experiencing below-freezing temperatures, thus rendering mould growth possible.
Mould can cause many health problems if spores are inhaled, including wheezing, congestion, reduced lung function, and asthma attacks. Long-term exposure has a very negative affect on health.
Here are five ways to prevent mould in your home:
- Ensure your bathroom stays well-ventilated (ie with a fan to circulate air). This is the room in your house most likely to be humid and damp due to shower and bath useage. In addition, spread towels out after use so they dry quickly, and wash them frequently.
- To reduce moisture in your home, use dehumidifiers, fans, or open windows. Monitor the humidity in your home so you don’t overdo it on either end of the scale.
- Dry wet areas of your home ASAP! Mould thrives on moisture (and cannot grow without it). Check your home for leaky pipes, don’t toss wet clothes in the washing machine if they aren’t to be washed immediately, and if flooding occurs, remove water-damaged flooring.
- Check your plants. Plants are a breeding ground for mould due to their damp soil; ensure mould doesn’t grow on your plants, and look for natural products that help prevent the growth of mould.
- Throw out anything that cannot be cleaned, or call a professional! Don’t try to take care of a large area of mould yourself. DKI Canada handles mould remediation, so if you need professional help, give us a call at 1-855-DKI-2DAY.
Remember, stay dry and you’ll stay mould-free inside your home!
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