There’s really no need to remind anyone that molds are dangerous. In fact, people somehow instinctively know on sight that molds are bad news. But one of the biggest misconceptions that some people are mistaken about molds is that white mold poses insignificant danger. Actually, some wouldn’t even bat an eye upon seeing a small spot of white mold growth. This is probably due to the stigma that black is a prevalent color in nature that is indicative of danger. Nevertheless, instinct or otherwise, white molds should be treated with the same watchful eye and aversion to toxic substances. White molds are technically less harmful than black molds. But less doesn’t mean nil. Keeping molds from growing out takes some effort. But then again, considering the benefits of having a mold-less household, it’s well worth it. Here are some of the best ways to avoid mold growth.
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- Watch out for wet spots.
Wet spots are indicative of serious problems such as a broken roof or broken plumbing. It may not look like something to be concerned about, but it’s not just mold growth that might come out of disregarding wet spots. Plumbing might just give out and burst open, flooding several floors of the home. Aside from the obvious property damages, especially electronics, inundation of the floor can further facilitate the growth and spread of mold because of moisture that seeped into the surface. For wet spots that come out of nowhere, contact experts immediately.
- Use dehumidifiers.
For places around the world where humidity can get high enough to become uncomfortable, it’s almost a necessity to get a good dehumidifier for each room in the house. Nevertheless, regardless of geographical location, if the home is prone to a sporadic but frequent appearance of white molds, it’s a given to buy a dehumidifier to avoid mold growth. There are plenty of options to use a dehumidifier. Perhaps the most common commercial options are those round pellets of silica which are packaged in decorative boxes. But one type of dehumidifier that some homeowners recommend is activated charcoal. It doesn’t just absorb moisture in the atmosphere but also traps bacteria that can cause unpleasant odors. That’s hitting two birds with one stone.
- Pay close attention to indoor plants.
Indoor plants are integral to almost every interior design concepts. Even minimalist designs make use of plants, albeit integrated into the design in a subtle and, well, minimal way. However, it must be noted that indoor plants require care and attention. Some homeowners might forget the importance of this due to having the plant around every single day. Watering them is just one part of the responsibility. Making sure that no moisture sticks around on its leaves is another.
- Clean regularly.
It pays to read more about how molds are formed. On that note, mold growth and spread aren’t all about moisture. It’s only one element that contributes to mold growth. Keeping the house clean can reduce the chance of molds from growing because it addresses the very reason why molds can exist in the home: the spores. After all, cleaning shouldn’t even be considered merely as a preventive measure for mold growth but for keeping the entire household a better place to live in.