Mold, mildew, and other fungi are fairly common in homes. Mold spores are constantly floating around in the air, and when they land on a damp or moist surface, such as a shower, they begin to grow and thrive. Mildew is mold that grows on fabric.
Mold, mildew, and other fungi are not only unsightly, they can also cause potential health problems like asthma, allergic reactions, and a number of respiratory problems. However, preventing mold, mildew, and other fungi is not difficult. The following are some tips.
The most effective way to control mold and mildew in the home is to reduce moisture and indoor humidity. You can do this by:
- Clean up water spills and damage as soon as possible. Mold will begin to form within 24 to 48 hours of landing on a damp surface. That's why it's so important to clean and dry thoroughly anything that has been damaged by water. This includes carpeting, ceiling tiles, baseboards, and fabrics.