It is just a reality of life that there is always going to be some mold around, no matter where you are. Everywhere you go, mold spores are likely to be floating in the air, and there may be some mold growth on unseen surfaces, too. When mold becomes a problem is when it starts to grow in high quantities. High levels of mold spores in the air can make life difficult for allergy and asthma-sufferers, and generally make it harder for people in your home to breathe.
Then there is toxic mold, such as the notorious Stachybotrys chartarum, aka that “black mold” you’ve probably heard so much about. This type of mold can produce mycotoxins, which may present more serious health hazards. Although black mold is not any more dangerous than other types of mold on its face, there is some evidence that prolonged exposure to the mycotoxins in black mold can lead to ailments like headaches, nausea, confusion, nosebleeds, and even joint pain. This is of course in addition to the respiratory irritation that extreme mold growth causes. Exposure to Stachybotrys chartarum and other toxigenic molds may also be particularly harmful to those in vulnerable groups, such as children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals.
The good news is that with a little diligence, it is not hard to prevent black mold growth. Keep reading to learn how to keep your home safe from this nasty issue, and remember that for all your mold remediation needs, you can always count on our experts at FP Property Restoration.
How to Avoid a Black Mold Problem
- Try to Let in Some Fresh Air: Mold thrives in dank, dark environments, which is why it is often accompanied by that musty smell. Make sure to watch out for this odor, and if your home does start to feel a little musty, try to open a few windows and air it out. This will go a long way to ensuring your mold levels never get too extreme, along with…
- Reduce Moisture Levels as Much as Possible: Mold cannot exist without moisture. Anywhere there is excess water, it is possible for mold to exist as well. That’s why it is important to keep your bathroom and kitchen clean (more on that below) and to look out for leaks around your home. Some dripping water in a dank, dark place like your basement can create the perfect environment for mold to thrive, so you may want to put a dehumidifier downstairs or elsewhere around your property to reduce these conditions.
- Remember to Clean Your Bathroom/Kitchen: Making sure your kitchen and bathroom are tidy goes a long way to preventing mold growth, and oftentimes, simply getting rid of excess water in these areas will make a huge difference. However, if you have already seen mold in your bathroom or kitchen, it is important to know how to clean it up. First of all, if you are using heavy-duty cleaners, never mix products like bleach and ammonia, as the fumes in these chemicals are even more toxic than mold spores themselves. Second, wear non-porous gloves to protect your skin and eyes while you are cleaning. Third, remember to open a few windows while you clean, per what we talked about above. And finally – and this applies to your bathroom in particular – if you have to get on your knees to scrub cracks and crevices, make sure you are taking breaks and pacing yourself. It is possible to get rid of some mold in these small spaces yourself, but spending too long around mold growth may make you nauseous. Meanwhile, if you are dealing with mold growth over a larger area…
- Don’t Be Afraid to Call a Professional: At FP Property Restoration, our mold remediation technicians can easily provide you with comprehensive inspections and testing to determine exactly how extensive your mold problem is. While anybody can say they are mold certified, our team is among the rare professionals who are licensed to remediate mold, which means we can provide a level of service other companies simply can’t. If your home has recently experienced water damage, call ASAP, before you end up with black mold, and remember, we are here 24/7 for your emergency needs!