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4 tips for ridding your home of mould

Did you know that mould in your home can cause the occupants to have health problems? Any moist materials in your residence can become the host to microscopic fungus that can contaminate the air. This can cause a variety of illnesses including asthma attacks or irritation of the throat, nose and eyes. 

Here's 4 tips from the La Capitale blog to prevent, detect and eliminate mould from your home.

1. Monitor humidity levels in the basement 

Basements are particularly vulnerable to mould, especially in the summer. To stop mould from growing and spreading there, the level of humidity should be kept below 60%. Do this by using a dehumidifier with sufficient capacity for the area or an air conditioner set to dehumidifying mode.  

2. Immediately dry the premises after water damage

If water seeps in or other water damage occurs, rapidly dry out the area to avoid the growth of mould. If damage is minimal, moisture can be dried up by airing the premises and using a dehumidifier for one to two days. If damage is major, it’s better to call on a specialized company for getting rid of moisture as soon as possible.

3. Monitor signs of mould for early detection

Mould can usually be detected by its odour and appearance. Be vigilant in order to deal with it as soon as it is detected! 

  • Visible signs: rings, black stains or swelling on materials
  • Odours: mouldy, earthy, alcohol or rotten fruit odours
  • Where to monitor
    • Walls, ceilings, floors and rugs, especially in areas that are not well ventilated, moist or dark (behind furniture, in cupboards, cabinets under sinks, etc.)
    • Interior plant soil
    • Bath and shower sealants
    • Any material that retains moisture, including cement, plastic and cloth

4. If you find mould, act fast and methodically!

In all cases, there are two steps to take: immediately eliminate the mould and then find the cause of the problem and eliminate it. The way to go about this depends on the scope and cause of the problem.

If the mould covers only a small surface, such as the wall behind a piece of furniture, the shower or window sealants, you can deal with the problem yourself.

1. To protect your health, wear a mask, safety glasses and rubber gloves and clean the surface with hot, soapy water to which a bit of bleach is added. 

2. Find the source of the problem and make the necessary changes to eliminate it. For example, check if there is water seepage, condensation or a broken pipe. Move the furniture that is obstructing good ventilation of the area, install a dehumidifier nearby or get in the habit of drying the shower sealant after each use.

If moisture covers a big surface, call on trained specialists who are equipped to manage this situation safely and efficiently. Ensure they identify the problem so that you can take the necessary measures to solve it for good.

In conclusion, never underestimate mould! Remember that in addition to causing your family to have health problems, it can also mean extra expenses and complications when the time comes to sell your home.

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