It’s not nice, it isn’t pretty, and it can make you sick.
I’m currently suffering from a sinus cold due to being exposed to mold last weekend and it’s not fun. Exposure to mold, especially long term, can be harmful and make you quite sick. Whilst the random exposure every now and then may lead to a cold it probably isn’t likely to do lasting damage (don’t hold me to that) unless you are constantly around mold. If it is inevitable to come into contact with mold if your cleaning or self treating it then try and wear a diy dusk mask or something similar to prevent inhaling the spores.
We recently moved out of an apartment block where the whole building had a mold problem (which we weren’t told of) and a lack of adequate central heating mean’t the colder rooms became moldy quite quickly come winter time, and we weren’t the only ones in the building with the problem.
Whilst a mold growth problem can be structural, it is mostly due to the occupants ‘way of life’ inside the building and most professionals who are hired to fix the problem will most likely ask you questions about where you dry your clothes and whether you use any extractor fans.
Whether it’s structural or occupant based here are four tips for keeping mold growth to a minimum as much as possible:
- Heat the house. This may seem obvious or silly but heating a home can be expensive, but not as expensive as having to buy all new furniture and clothes annually after every winter.
- Open your windows and preferably with the heating on. I know this sounds like it contradicts my first point but even opening the windows for five minutes brings in fresh air to circulate around the room. If you can try and open them once a day at least to allow your house to breath because it needs to, and does, breath.
- Use extractor fans. Every time. In the bathroom and the kitchens always use them because they are there for a reason and all that steam from cooking and showering must go somewhere or it’s prime mold grower. If you don’t have one or they don’t work then open the nearest window whilst you shower or cook. Anything is better than nothing.
- Dry your clothes outside. This isn’t as easy to do during winter or if you don’t have a garden but it’s recommended to not dry them inside as much as possible or use a dryer.