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Is Your Home Making You Sick ? House mold, Mildew smell, and Fungi

Every Home owner spends time sealing up there home for winter to keep the cool drafts out. This is a smart move, it will not only save your heating bills, but it will help our environment. What many people seem to over look is that a tightly sealed house must also be ventilated properly or stagnent air and moisture will accumulate and start breeding mildew and mold problems within your house. Where there is water there is mold

Common Molds Found In Homes

Phoma - commonly found in water damaged buildings, on magazines, and books, this fungi can cause phaeohyphomycosis, a skin infection, which causes discoloration of the skin. Aspergillus Fumigatus - found on fruit and may cause respiratory disease hormodendrum - can be found on leather, cloth, paper, plants and soil. This can cause "dermatitis verrucosa" a wound parasite.

Molds can grow just about anywhere in a house, bathrooms, kitchens, basements and attics are some of the worst culprit rooms of the house, this is mainly due to high humidity and moisture levels that are not properly ventilated. Here are a few problems and solutions for each room of your house.

Bathrooms have to be properly ventilated, most older bathrooms were outfitted with drywall which wicks allot of moisture so after a hot shower the condensation would bead on the walls and unless properly ventilated soak into the drywall and create a perfect breeding environment for molds and mildew smell. Toilet condensation can be prevented by installing a tank insulator and pipe insulation for any water pipes feeding the bathroom or anywhere else in the house. Mildew resistant paint should also be used in bathroom and kitchen walls to prevent future molds from taking hold.

Kitchen cook tops must be ventilated as well, while boiling water and steam from cooking will cause high humidity levels, which are one of the key triggers of mold to start growing.

Common Causes of Mold

- house plants and the soil they grow in
- vinyl records, old magazines,
- wooden furniture, areas unseen and uncleaned
- leather
- brick, concrete and wood paneling
- behind drywall

Mold Removal

Some of the common fixes you can do to combat mold within your house are cleaning with a bleach solution, half water half bleach will kill any presents of mold and sterilize any surfaces that are frequently used.

Humidity

With moisture problems arises mold problems and bug problems, you should always try to keep the humidity in your house below 50%. this can be checked by using a hydrometer, and corrected by using a dehumidifier or ventilating high moisture areas.

So if your feeling a little nervous about what could be lurking around your home check the underside of boxes in the basement, or use some mold plates, and mail them to a lab. Test kits for mold can be purchased at http://www.canadamoldtestkits.com/

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