Preventing Mold and Mildew Problems That Can Pose Health Risks

Preventing Mold and Mildew Problems That Can Pose Health Risks

HVAC specialists know that mold and mildew are more than just a condition that disturbs the aesthetics of the environment. AirNow Cooling and Heating realizes that mold and mildew is a health risk that homeowners are very concerned about. Mold and mildew is something that is quite easy to spot in the early stages of development. It might appear as black patches on a shower curtain to mildew spots growing on a basement floor. Certainly, it is very important to take note of those signs developing in the home or the interior of a building. The good news is that there is plenty that you can do to prevent mold and mildew problems. 

People Most Affected By Mold 

Often, people assume that only very sensitive people or those with severe allergies are the only ones that are affected by mold and mildew that develop in the home. The fact is that mold is a health issue for everyone. Studies show that those living in a place filled with mold and mildew tend to develop respiratory problems, lung problems, and breathing problems. Many children tend to develop asthma symptoms. 

Where Is Mold Found 

Certainly, mold and mildew is an issue that affects quite a few homeowners. The fact is that this problem might develop on the interior or the exterior of the home. However, mold and mildew developing on the inside of the home are considered more hazardous because it strongly affects the health of those with strong sensitivities and allergies. Generally, mold will develop in a damp environment. Look for mold to develop in wet basements, bathrooms, showers, kitchens, near a leaky roof, in leaky pipes, or around windows with leaks. Mold is also attracted to paper products, cardboard products, wallpaper, insulation, and even drywall products. Poorly functioning HVAC systems can contribute to the problem. Contact an HVAC expert for help in fixing the problem.

How to Prevent Mold 

The fact is that there are several ways to prevent mold from developing on the interior or the exterior of the home. First, it is important to realize that mold requires a wet environment to grow. Therefore, remove the wet conditions. For example, fix that leaky roof, dry up the wet basement floors, fix leaking windows, showers, faucets, leaky laundry rooms, leaking appliances, and anything else that is causing wet conditions in and around the home. You should also update your HVAC system to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

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Next, it is important to clean up any existing mold that has already developed. Certainly, there are a wide variety of products on the market that are designed to remove mold and mildew. Bleach is also considered a good product to get rid of mold and mildew. Just use due caution and do not mix the bleach with other products like ammonia, which might cause toxic fumes. 

It is important to keep a close eye on things in the home that have a tendency to become damp. Take note if mold or mildew is developing. Certainly, early prevention is the key to stopping further development that causes a health risk to people in the environment.

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