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5 Household Places Vulnerable To Mold Growth - Articles Surfing
Toxic black molds and powdery mildews lead to serious health concerns. Homes, offices and all the premises should be protected from black molds. Unless you are aware about the conditions and places where molds can grow, proper protections cannot be taken.
Household places that support all three conditions are prone to mold attacks. Let's see what those places are and how to stop mold growth there.
1. Basements: Basements often catch damp. Hot and moist air, when comes into contact with cold basement walls, condenses and moistens the environment. As there is less ventilation, the damp air stays inside and adds to relative humidity of the place. The darkness of basements acts like a catalyst and enhances mold growth.
Remedy: Exhaust fans can be used to ease the air circulation. Also, insulating the walls may prevent moisture condensation. Humidifiers may be helpful to keep the relative humidity level low. The place should be kept clean and adequately warm.
2. Kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry walls: These areas of your house possess high risk to mold contamination. You cannot stop water usage in the kitchen, nor in the bathroom and laundry area. The moisture content automatically increases in these places of your home, so does the probability of black mold growth. The walls near the faucets and showers, the lower surface of the kitchen sink, the shower curtain often show moldy specks.
Remedy: Sufficient ventilation is the only solution. Adequate air flow stops mold formation by reducing moisture content. Artificial air dryer can also be used. Clean the places with natural cleaning products regularly.
3. Crawlspaces: Once water enters into the crawlspaces it wets the soil and molds begin to amplify. Chances of mold contamination are much higher in the crawlspaces that are dirty. You may think that why one needs to worry about crawlspace molds as they are outside your home? The reason is excessive mold growth may result in spore formation and these spores can enter indoor anytime.
Remedy: Make certain, not a drop of water enters there; and if water enters anyway, don't let it condense on the crawlspace surface. Also, keep the place clean and tidy.
4. Carpet and Wallpapers: Molds often grow and hide beneath the carpets. They spread right under your nose but you cannot notice them unless the musty odor covers the room. Same thing happens with wallpapers. Black molds and mildews obtain the nutrition from the wallpaper glue and start growing at the back.
Remedy: Using mold cleaner could give you satisfactory result. Natural mold cleaners not only kill black molds and mildews but remove the musty odor from your home too.
5. Building walls: Exterior and interior walls of your home can catch damp if there is any plumbing problem. Wooden sidings often soak water after rain and take a lot of time to dry providing the perfect condition for mildews to grow. Excessive rain or huge water pipe leakage may damage the internal walls too.
Remedy: Don't let water stay long on the walls. Roof overhang, glossy paints for walls and sidings may be helpful. Leave enough space for air to flow and dry damp walls and sidings and let enough sunlight to fall on the walls. Insulate the internal walls to protect it from dampening.
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