“Home sweet home” is quite the well known proverb, and for good reason. One’s own home is not only the place you go to sleep at night. It is the place you find the most relaxing after a long day at work, the place you raise your kids and see them grow into fine adults. For anyone, it can be considered the most essential place in life. Naturally, you would want to keep such a place in tip top condition at all times. That said, the types of risks that one’s home faces are quite a few. One of the most persistent risks and whose dangers are not always easily identified is mould. Unbeknown to most, mould is actually a type of fungus which is formed as a result of excess humidity level. If left alone the damage it can cause to your home is anything but trivial. If that wasn’t enough, mould can also affect your health as it can cause symptoms such as itchy eyes, stuffy nose or wheezing. If you suffer from allergies or asthma the symptoms can get even worse.
Luckily, there are quite a few great tips you can follow to detect the mould growth before it gets out of hand and endangers your home and health.
Know your enemy
Mould spores grow as a result of humidity. As such, you can usually find them growing in dark and wet conditions. Places like basements and laundry rooms or kitchens and bathrooms are the most common places where you can expect to risk the development of mould. Be it carpets, furniture or even walls and floors are quite favourable places for mould to grow as long as they are damp enough.
It is quite easy for moisture to get into your house. It can crawl through any small breach or crack your home might have in winter or easily accumulate and settle in summer due to the humidity. Proper and frequent maintenance is a must in ensuring protection. Dry any moisture as soon as you find them to avoid its accumulation.
If you live in Toronto chances are that you are well aware of Toronto’s problems with humidity caused by our semi-continental climate that results in warm and humid summers and cold winters full of precipitations. This naturally means that if you want to protect your house at all time from mould growth you have to conduct frequent inspections.
Luckily, the accumulation of mould can be easily noticed with the naked eye on those vulnerable areas mentioned in the section above. Just don’t forget to check for any leakage through the roof or any broken water pipe since they may be well hidden from the eyes making them harder to notice.
Using a screwdriver to probe any area you think may be damaged is also a great way to inspect for damage as it is very easy and you can immediately tell if something is wrong. If the wood starts to soften or crumble when probing then that’s a clear sign that the mould has taken hold inside and action needs to be taken.
Another sign of excessive humidity is also condensation on walls and windows. If you happen to notice any, start by drying the area as soon as possible and identify the source of moisture.
Ventilate your home properly
The lack of proper ventilation is one of the main reasons why mould tends to take hold. Everyday household chores like showering, cooking or doing laundry are prone to invite mould without a good ventilation system so make sure to let the airflow outside by keeping a window open or by running an exhaust fan when engaging these kinds of activities. Using household appliances such as a dehumidifier is also a great idea for avoiding the accumulation of moisture and keeping humidity in the recommended level inside your home but don’t forget to follow the instructions for their periodic check and clean so as to avoid producing more moisture than the amount removed.
You can maintain a normal humidity level inside your house by following the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) guideline which recommends a level between 30 and 60 percent. A simple moisture meter should be able to accurately tell you the humidity percentage.
Use appropriate products
If you plan on building a new house or renovating your old one you should probably take a look at mould resistant products. Nowadays most things can be made to be mould resistant. Choosing such material for building and renovating will make a big difference in prolonging the lifespan of your home so make sure to look out for items such as mould resistant drywall, wood, paint and similar building essentials.
While the above tips will help you greatly in avoiding the growth of mould in your beloved home, sometimes they might not be enough and fungus may develop anyway. In such cases, the best action to take is to call for mould inspection and remediation professionals who can restore your home to its former state and remove any sign of the previous mould.
It is also advised to turn to professional help for regular inspection as the average citizen might not always have the needed knowledge for identifying all the risks of mould development in one’s home even when following the above tips to a T.
CPR24 Restoration is a full-services company for any kind of emergency service. What it means is that we offer the full scale of solutions needed for complete emergency services, cleaning and disinfection services, and commercial services too. From identifying the cause of the problem to fixing any design flaws in the affected areas, and the prevention of further and sealing to rigorous testing to detect any other indirect problem, we strive to be a leader in the emergency services solutions industry.