Mould exposure can cause various health problems ranging from minor irritations to allergic reactions and even serious lung infections. Mould thrives in moist areas. Therefore, to prevent mould growth, the moisture levels must be controlled. Here are important mould prevention tips that property owners can apply.
How mould grows in properties
Mould starts growing when it has:
- Food — Any organic material, such as wood, cardboard, paper, wool, silk, leather, etc.
- Temperature — Between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius is ideal.
- Water — It only needs a little amount of water; even an indoor humidity of 60% is enough.
Our homes and properties usually contain a lot of mould “food”, so all that is missing is water. Unfortunately, water damage is very common: leaking or broken pipes/hoses, sewer back-ups, flooding from heavy rains, and so on. Thus, mould is a common appearance in many properties, but it can be prevented by following the tips below.
How to prevent mould in properties
- Any leaks in the walls, roof, gutters, and plumbing pipes should be repaired as soon as possible to reduce moisture. Ceilings and walls need to be inspected regularly for water stains.
- Indoor humidity should be kept at 30-50% by using a dehumidifier, air conditioner or by opening windows and doors. Humidity levels should be checked often.
- Condensation should be prevented by reducing humidity and adjusting the thermostat.
- Appliances that generate moisture (cooking stove, shower, dryer, etc.) must be ventilated using exhaust fans.
- The HVAC system must be inspected annually by a certified professional. Also, the HVAC drip pans must be clean and flow properly.
- After a flood, all wet areas must be cleaned and dried within 48-72 hours by a professional water damage cleanup specialist.
- To prevent mould growth on indoor plant soil, a small quantity of Taheebo tea can be added to the water given to the plants.
- Using mould-resistant paint on drywall and sheetrock can prevent moisture absorption in the walls.
- Sloping the ground surrounding the home away from the house foundation is a great idea to keep water at bay. Drainage should also be provided to direct water away from the home.
- Cleaning gutters — water flow from downspouts must be directed away from the foundation.
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These mould prevention tips can help property owners avoid this unhealthy fungus in their property. But if mould does find its way in the property, the first step is to find and eliminate the water source, then call a professional mould remediation company, such as PuroClean. Our technicians understand and apply industry-standard approaches to remediate mould completely.