Oftentimes, we take the act of breathing for granted and forget that what we breathe inside our own homes is not always as clean and clear as the air outside. Sometimes what we think we know about outside pollutants and chemicals can cause us to remain indoors, because we think we’re sparing our lungs by doing so. But now that we know that such thinking is, at best, faulty, we can take measures into our own hands on improving our indoor air quality.
So how can we improve the quality of the air we breathe in our homes? Well, here are 5 extremely important tips to help you clean up the interior air at home without going too crazy. The steps themselves are, for the most part, simple and easy to execute and with minimal equipment to purchase and use, making these air quality improvements truly a cinch to accomplish. (more…)
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Believe it or not, there are thousands of types of mold that are classified into three groups based on its affect on people: Allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic. Your concern on what kind of mold you are being exposed to can be best evaluated by the factors and your personal sensitivity to mold.
Allergenic Molds: This type of mold usually affects those with mold allergies or asthma. Those with these type of allergies must constantly stay persistent with keeping mold out of their homes. People who are regularly exposed to mold can develop allergies, so mold growth must be eliminated as much as possible.
Pathogenic Molds: Pathogenic molds main target is the lungs. Even though people with healthy immune systems don’t develop infections from these type of molds, it is a big concern with those with compromised systems.
Toxigenic Molds: These types of mold can cause health problems such as allergic responses and even infections in anybody. Toxic molds within a home can cause serious health conditions such as pulmonary hemorrhage, or even memory loss.
How to Eliminate Mold Safely
Here are some quick facts to eliminate mold safely.
- Eliminate sources of food and reduce habitat humidity.
- Fix leaks and condensation sources. Add dehumidifiers in damp areas to avoid mold growth.
- Tend to moisture problems in roofs or basements. Fresh air and sunlight will naturally kill mold.
- If you have small mold problems, mix 2 teaspoons or white distilled vinegar or tea tree oil with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the mold and do not rinse. Vinegar will kill most mold spores and tea tree oil is a fungicide.
- Do not keep up large amounts of mold if you have more than 10 square feet of mold. Cleaning up mold can be dangerous, especially if its black or greenish-black. Hire a contractor who can clean it for you.
Even though you are living green and mold is considered ‘all-natural,’ mold can easily affect you and your family’s well-being, especially if you are often exposed to it in your home. Mold comes in an array of colors and can be recognized by its earthy and musty smell. Symptoms of mold exposure can range from mild stuffiness, asthma, to even depression. We will tell you the common sense tips to use to beat dangerous household mold, and keep it from growing in your home.
What mold requires food, water and habitat in order to survive. Here are the ways to fix the problem of mold growth.
Food: Mold needs food for nutrients to grow. Nutrients are natural and not inert materials like metal. Mold is unlikely to grow on condensation on a porcelain toilet, but when it drips on a wooden floor, mold growth will happen.
How to Fix It: Mold nutrition can be found in damp wood, paper, carpet, textiles, plastics, skin oils, carpentry materials such as wallboard, and foods such as vegetables and grains.
Water: Mold loves water. Fixing leaks and use dehumidifiers to eliminate condensation sources. If you commonly have damp basements, consider a floor seal to prevent condensation and mold growth.
How to Fix It: Mold’s source of moisture include leaky pipes, damp basements, floods, houseplants, humidity, condensation, leaks, poor ventilation, damp cloths, refrigerators, and spills.
Habitat: Mold spores can reproduce and survive in high humidity from anywhere between 40 to 130 degrees.
How to Fix It: Consider buying a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels in your home. Try to maintain 30 to 55% humidity to prevent mold growth.