Mold is a known cause of allergies. According to the Mayo clinic, these are some signs of allergies to look for:
· Irritated eyes
· Runny nose
· Nasal congestion
· Scratchy throat
Mold has also been known to trigger attacks in asthmatics. So, it is nothing to take lightly.
Molds sounds so awful that you might think that it'd be easy to spot. This is not necessarily so. First, look for any indications of excess moisture in your home. Some signs of excess moisture in a home may include a musty odor or the feeling of too much humidity. Is there excessive condensation on windows or walls or buckling walls or ceilings? Look for sweating pipes in the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. If any of these conditions occur, look more closely. Mold and mildew may appear on surfaces as a discoloration, which may be white, orange, green, brown or black.
You should also regularly measure the humidity in your home. Invest in a hygrometer, which will let you know when your home's relative humidity (RH) levels are above or below the ideal. For more information on humidity and how it affects your home and your health, visit this URL: http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/burema/gesein/abhose/abhose_ce01.cfm
The best prevention of mold is multi-pronged:
· Put vents to the outdoors in all bathrooms and kitchens. If you have a heat recovery ventilation system, you may not need to add an additional vent to these rooms.
· Put a dehumidifier in your basement.
· Clean all mold areas regularly.
If you've already got mold and mildew problems, here are the recommendations of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
Clean-up methodsMould and mildew on surfaces can be cleaned up with a solution of one part chlorine bleach in four parts of water.
· ventilate well
· use gloves
· let stand 10 - 15 minutes
· rinse well
· keep surfaces dry
Mould and mildew-stained fabrics should be removed and discarded. For more information, visit: http://main.airstudy.com/links.html