Mold is something everyone should want to keep out of their house. Not only is it unsightly, but it can be harmful to people. Mold can cause sinus congestion, coughing, agitated eyes, and skin rashes. Those with asthmas or mold allergies are much more susceptible.
If you have chronic lung disease or immune system issues, you can even get infections from mold.
Before you deal with mold in your home, you need to understand how it gets there in the first place.
Mold is a fungus that’s actually found in the air you’re breathing right now. The amount is so minimal, however, that it’s harmless. When moisture is present, however, mold starts to collect. Mold thrives and grows with moisture, creating spores that are released back into the air. This is when it starts to become a problem.
Because of its prevalence in the air, mold can start to build on any moist surface that’s left alone for too long. Unfortunately, this means it usually develops in places you don’t regularly see.
Common places for mold are underneath sinks, in crawl spaces, behind walls, on stocks of cardboard boxes, around air condition units, and behind washers and dryers.
The defenses against mold in your house are moisture control and regular cleaning. If your home (especially basement) feels damp, consider setting up a dehumidifier. This can make a big difference in mold development.
If your home experiences any amount of flooding, make sure to clean and dry it immediately. Remove any damaged carpet as well, even if it feels dry. Mold can develop underneath the carpet where you can’t see.
Beyond that, make sure you’re keeping your house cleaned, even in the less visible areas. Mold commonly forms in air ducts and behind your washing and drying machines. Dirty dryer vents can prevent moisture from escaping, resulting in mold build up.
The only way to truly know your home is mold free is to have these areas inspected and cleaned. For air duct and dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding communities, contact Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company today.