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How To Prevent Water Damage And Mold

Jun 27, 2008
It is tiny, everywhere, and one of the worst things that can ever happen to your home. Mold. It can cost you thousands of dollars to get rid of it once it starts to grow in your home in any substantial quantity, but fortunately for you, it is almost completely preventable if you know what to do about it before it starts. There are a lot of things to know about mold before you can understand how to keep it out of your home.

Mold is a fungus that starts from tiny spores that float around in the air that we breathe. The hairs in your nose catch a lot of the spores before they can make it into your lungs, but even with that advanced filtration system, a few will still always manage to slip by. One of the best things that you can do for your home is have an air filtration system installed in it to help filter out these mold spores, pet dander, pollen, and etcetera. This will help not only prevent mold from starting to grow in your home, but also keep it out of your lungs and off of your skin. Mold spores, even if they are dead ones, can still cause allergic reactions and rashes.

Even if you manage to filter most of the mold spores out of the air with a filtration system, there will still be a few that are missed. So, you want to try and keep the level of humidity in your home down considerably, since mold spores will only start to reproduce when they land on moist surfaces. This is common in the bathroom, especially in the dirty clothes when you throw wet items in and forget about them for days at a time. Wet rags that stay in the dirty clothes or even in the kitchen sink will become slimy with mold and stink after a few days, so try to keep your dirty clothes hamper cleaned out on a regular basis. Whatever you do, do not throw wet clothes or other items on the carpet and leave them there for more than a day or so (if at all), since carpet holds a significant amount of mold spores, even if you vacuum regularly. If a piece of clothing does become molded, you should wash it by itself to keep the rest of the laundry from stinking. It is typically best to wash these items twice.

You can also prevent mold growth by installing steam vents in your kitchen and bathroom. This will stop mold from growing on your ceiling and stop water from being absorbed into it. Water damage due to steam is common in these areas and properly ventilating the room is key to preventing it.
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