It’s July and spring allergy season is officially over. Cheers to no more allergies until spring rolls around again next year. Well, this may be true for some. But for others, while pollen and ragweed levels have subsided, other allergens are now at the forefront. The summer months’ largest culprit? Mold. July signals the start of fungus spores and seeds—which can be a significant problem in a hot and humid climate like Houston. In this blog post, we’ll offer our top 3 tips for preventing mold in your home.
Start with Your Bathroom
Mold can grow anywhere. On your carpet, on the walls, on your clothing, on plants, etc. The common denominator? For mold to form, moisture is needed. And the room in your home which is most susceptible to the formation of mold? Your bathroom. There are a couple of simple steps you can take to help prevent a mold monster from running rampant in your bathroom. Since you take a shower each day in your bathroom (at least, we hope so), make sure you have proper ventilation by turning on your exhaust fan while you’re in the shower. Upkeep and periodic check-ups of your ventilation system are things that are easily forgotten but shouldn’t be ignored. There are also daily things you can do to play your part. After each shower, wipe down any water that has made it past your shower curtain and onto the floor. Hang your towel so that it dries faster. It only takes 48 hours for mold to form, so don’t be lazy when it comes to taking care of a damp surface.
Given the damage and devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused in our community, it’s now more important than ever to make sure mold hasn’t formed anywhere in your home. Mold isn’t always visible. It may be hidden behind your wall. It may have been caused by a leaky pipe or flooding. Even something as simple as leaving wet clothes in your washer for too long can lead to the creation of mold. Be proactive in preventing the formation of mold throughout your entire house by taking care of things promptly and by conducting periodic inspections. Inspections aren’t a tough job as we usually know where water accumulates and what areas of the house are typically damp.
Keep Your Home Tidy
If your home looks like a pigsty, you’re at risk for mold. One of the best ways to attack mold head-on is to clean, disinfect, and dry surfaces. This means that cleaning your house should be a frequent occurrence and one that covers not only your bathroom but every room. Vacuum your floors. Freshen fabric, upholstery, and furniture. If an item is beyond cleaning and drying, don’t risk it. Throw it away. If you’re particularly fond of the item, hire a professional cleaning company to come to the rescue. Lastly, make sure that furniture and other items aren’t blocking the proper flow of ventilation throughout your home.
Purchase a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air and can be your best friend. Especially in a city like Houston where things can get pretty hot during the summer months. And a dehumidifier isn’t as expensive as you think. The right one for you will depend on the size of your home. For large homes, you will likely need a whole house dehumidifier. For apartments and other small abodes, a portable dehumidifier may suffice.
Is It That Big of a Deal?
The short answer—yes! Your house is supposed to be the place where you can go after a long day at work and relax. If you’re allergic to mold, a mold-infested home is not where you want to be. Mold can cause nasal congestion, eye irritation, and other symptoms in allergy sufferers. If you’re constantly sniffling and irritated, minimal relaxation will take place. We hope we’ve convinced you to take a proactive approach to preventing mold in your home. It’s a lot easier to prevent mold than to eliminate it after it’s formed and spread. It’s also a lot easier on your wallet. Investing in mold-resistant materials from the beginning can save you a headache. And it can allow you to breathe freely, both inside your home and outdoors.
Are you struggling with seasonal allergies? We’ve got plenty of options for you. Take back your sinuses (so you can take a shower without staring in horror at the green mold in the corner of your ceiling) by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Pasha and his team. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more updates!