Preventing Mould in Your Home

As the weather begins to get warmer, there are many home maintenance tasks that should be considered. One potential problem that may be of particular importance during this time of year is an infestation of mould.

Mould can grow in many different parts of a house, such as under carpets, inside walls and on pipes. As such, this fungus may be difficult to detect. But, once an infestation has begun to grow, eliminating it becomes both more difficult and more expensive. Therefore, keeping a home from developing a mould problem in the first place is the best course of action.

In general, mould can be cultivated and grow in any area where moisture exists. Mould is born from airborne spores that, when combined with moisture, begin to grow and infest the area. With that in mind, homeowners should take the following steps to eliminate any excess moisture, and therefore discourage mould growth:

  • Ventilate—Rooms and areas that are often exposed to moisture—such as bathrooms and kitchens—should have ample ventilation in order to keep conditions from becoming too wet.
  • Clean—It is important to clean up any spills or leaks as quickly as possible. Allowing even a small amount of standing liquid to remain may provide an ideal environment for spores.
  • Dry clothes properly—Hanging wet clothes on a radiator or other surface can create excessive condensation. When possible, hang clothes outside or at least in a well-ventilated room. Mould can also develop on clothes, so do not leave wet garments unattended for long.
  • Check outside—If water is not draining properly away from your home, it can easily result in mould problems that may eventually spread to the inside of the structure.

 

This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.

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