Mold is all around us. It is necessary for the natural decomposition of organic matter that we use to enhance the soil in our gardens. It is used in making penicillin and in aging cheese. However, when it grows unchecked in our house or workspace, it is not a good thing.
Mold can grow anywhere like carpets, clothing, food, paper, inside walls, above the ceiling, on the reverse side of drywall. It can come from a leaking pipe or moisture from snow and rain. It produces spores that can become irritants to the nasal passages and lungs and eventually compromise the health of you and your family.
There are companies in Calgary that will help with mold assessment and abatement. In fact, many times, these are the same folks who work as asbestos abatement contractors.
There are a number of steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of dangerous mold in your home or commercial building.
Humidity – In order to grow, mold requires moisture. There is moisture all around us including the breath we exhale, steam from cooking, and from natural elements. In order to measure the amount of humidity in the rooms or building, you need a hygrometer. This is a fancy word for a very inexpensive device. They are often found as small battery-operated monitors. They can connect with another detector outdoors and give you a comparison of indoor to outdoor humidity. They can be small and be placed anywhere in the house. Ideally, the indoor humidity should be between 30% and 50%. Higher than that, and you can expect mold growth.
Ventilation – Keep the air circulating inside your home. This includes opening windows when appropriate, using the ceiling fans or placing oscillating fans strategically, and using the HVAC to keep the air moving. This will help dissipate moisture accumulation. If you see beads of water on your windows or sills, it is time to do something.
Exterior – Monitor the exterior of your home. Make sure you have positive drainage around the foundation and that all your gutters and downspouts are clear and free flowing. Check the roof for missing shingles.
Leaks – Finding a little wet spot under the bathroom sink or at the base of the toilet consistently probably means there is a small leak. It won’t get better. It will only increase. In fact, it could be the outward appearance of a larger leak behind the wallboard. Have it repaired as soon as possible.
Spills – If you spill water or drop an ice cube, clean it up promptly. Don’t leave umbrellas wet and refolded. Wipe down showers to keep mold from forming.
If you are remodeling, opt for mold-resistant products like drywall or sheetrock and paints. Keep your houseplants under observation and if you see mold forming on the soil, throw out the old medium and repot in clean dry containers. There are additives that can hinder further growth.
If you feel you have a serious mold problem, contact an asbestos removal contractor near me. We not only deal in asbestos removal but handle mold abatement as well. We would like to keep your home or work environment safe.