There's nothing fun about mold. It's a fungus that can grow in your home and have a severe impact on your indoor air quality.
Health Canada considers indoor mold growth to be a serious health hazard because families living in damp homes that contain mold are at an increased risk of suffering from:
- eye, nose and throat irritation
- coughing and phlegm build-up
- wheezing and shortness of breath
- worsening of asthma symptoms
- other allergic reactions
"Health Canada recommends controlling dampness indoors" as well as cleaning up and removing any mold you may come across in your home (Government of Canada).
Don't let your home become a breeding ground for mold.
If your home is damp or has moisture in certain areas, it may be more prone to mold. Mold spores can find their way to a damp spot in your home and begin growing quickly.
Your best method of mold prevention is to control the amount of moisture in your home.
- Ensure there are no water leaks in your home
- Use proper ventilation when cooking, cleaning, using your dishwasher and showering
- Reduce the amount of humidity in your home
Air purifiers fight mold.
Air purifiers specifically designed to remove mold spores from the air can be a great solution for damp homes. Mold spores are tiny, so for an air purifier to be effective at removing mold spores, you want one that removes 0.3 microns.
HEPA air purifiers are the most recommended air purifier solution for anyone looking to fight back against mold.
What To Do Once Mold Is In Your Home
If you notice a small surface mold problem in your home on a washable surface, you can clean it using gloves, a safety mask and goggles, and cleaning supplies.
If any area in your home has been impacted by mold, it's a good idea to remove it. If you're not sure how signification your mold problem is, consult with a professional.
See a full list of tips for cleaning up small and medium mold problems.
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