High humidity is a common problem in many parts of Canada in the summer. However, it doesn’t become a real issue until it permeates your home, causing mould growth and subsequent health problems for you and your family.
Moulds are organisms that break down animal matter and dead plants. To reproduce, mould develops spores, which are not visible to the naked eye but travel easily through the air and into your home. When they land in a moist environment, spores begin to grow, causing you a major headache.
Though most moulds grow outdoors, they can travel inside through open windows and doors, through air conditioning systems and on pets, clothing and shoes. Once inside your home, mould needs a moist food source such as lint, ceiling tiles or wallpaper to grow. High humidity in the summer allows mould to grow quickly.
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Because of this, it’s necessary to control the moisture in your home as well as the air filtration system. Try these prevention techniques:
- Clean up any water damage or flooding thoroughly and immediately. Use a dehumidifier and a wet/dry vacuum to remove water quickly.
- Remove carpeting that cannot be dried out within 48 hours. If your carpet was contaminated by sewer water or flood, it needs to be replaced.
- Repair basement cracks so that moisture cannot seep in.
- Use a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner to reduce indoor moisture, especially during humid months of the year.
- Fix plumbing leaks immediately. Mould will begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours after a leak.
- Empty the drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator and dehumidifier on a regular basis to prevent water buildup.
- Run the exhaust fan for 20 minutes prior to and after showering, or consider using a humidistat-controlled fan that turns off when the moisture is ventilated from the area.
- Add mould inhibitors to paints.
Yes, these seem like pretty simple tasks, but they can’t make all the difference when it comes to keeping your home free from mould.