Mold growth in your home
A major mold infestation can ruin your home. But the problem is, almost every home gets mold at some point to a certain degree. The trick is to not let the mold growth get more out of hand than the rate of growth outside your house. The key to mold control is about getting a handle on the amount of moisture inside your home.
Indications your home has water issues:
If water and moisture is a problem in your home:
- Get rid of any standing water and moisture.
- Find the source of the moisture problem and fix it. Such as, leaky plumbing.
- Test for the particular type of mold. This information will empower you to make the safest decision for the quality of mold restoration clean-up.
- If you decide to handle the mold clean up the mold yourself, wash it off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and let it dry completely. Cleaners to combat mold growth: bleach, vinegar, borax, ammonia, or baking soda.
- However, if a project is likely to expose large areas of microbial growth, consult with an environmental professional about adequate protective measures during what will have to be a home remodeling job.
- Replace absorbent materials, such as drywall, ceiling tiles, and carpet.
How to spot mold growth in your home
Mold can frequently be found in heating and cooling systems, on the back of toilets, painted surfaces, and fiberglass air ducts, but it’s not always so easy to find. It can also be behind walls, in the basement, underneath carpet, in damp areas of the house, underneath a roof leak, or in an area that experiences high humidity. It can even grow in your mattresses!
Removing mold from your home
Mold removal is a much more complex process than most people realize. You don’t want to spread the mold to other parts of your home. You also don’t want to make yourself sick from breathing in mold during the removal process. Consider hiring a professional to remove the mold for the sake of personal health while you improve the indoor air quality during renovations.
Health concerns associated with mold growth in homes
Here are some of the most common warning signs that may indicate there’s toxic mold growing inside your home:
- allergies or allergic reactions
- asthma or other lung problems
Does mold cause allergies?
If you are suffering from allergies while you’re at home, there’s a strong probability that there’s hidden mold somewhere inside your home. It’s a very common allergen and doesn’t usually take much to trigger these symptoms. Typical allergic reactions to harmful mold include a runny nose, inflamed eyes, nasal congestion, and sneezing. Take action immediately! Waiting until it’s out of control puts the health of your home and family at great risk, especially if you have children.
Time to replace your heat pump
When it’s time to replace your heating and cooling unit, consider installing an energy efficient Bryant Evolution Extreme Variable-Speed heat pump. It operates more efficiently at light loads, while still being capable of delivering full capacity under extreme temperatures. Typical heat pumps, like the one you probably own now, work by kicking on full steam ahead to cool then stops completely. Thus, the air remains stagnant in-between the times the heat pump turns on. It even comes with a built-in dehumidifier. You can feel the benefits of variable speed compressors with maintained fresh air and a comfortable temperature regardless of the temperature and humidity levels outside.
Ways to improve your indoor air quality
- Install an Air Knight inside your ductwork
- Replace your heating and cooling unit with a variable speed compressor heat pump
- Fix sources of plumbing leaks
- Stop the growth of mold in your home
- Use pleated air filters
- Replace old or damaged drywall
- Perform damage control to maintain proper air quality during renovations