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Cleaning Tips to Avoid Mold

Why Something Seemingly Harmless Could Be Damaging Your Health

There could be something lurking in your home that is actually making you ill – and you wouldn’t even know about it.

It can lurk anywhere – including bathrooms and kitchens, especially under sinks – particularly leaky ones.

Behind or under appliances that hide slow plumbing leaks (refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.)

Roof leaks, around windows where condensation collects, high humidity areas of your home, and even fabrics and carpets – through leaks or through bad/cheap cleaning, caused by over wetting.

We are of course talking about mold, and in this article we are going to focus on bad cleaning.

Mold Buildup Is Harmful to Your Health

Mold is very serious,  it’s not just harmless black spots.

Mold can cause:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headache, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and visual disturbances
  • Immune system disturbances and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath and more.

How Fungi Grow in Your Home

Fungi grow by releasing reproductive cells (spores) into the air, just as plants reproduce by spreading seeds.

The airborne spores are invisible to the naked eye, which is a major reason mold is such a problem.

It is not uncommon to find hundreds or even thousands of mold spores per cubic foot of indoor air.

Mold is a type of fungus, as are mushrooms and yeast. There are thousands of  types of fungi  and of these, scientists have identified more than 1,000 types of mold growing inside houses.

Some mold compounds are volatile and released directly into the air, known as microbial volatile organic compounds.

Fragments of the cell walls of molds can also be inhaled and cause inflammatory respiratory reactions, including a flu-like illness called Organic Dust Toxic Syndrome.

How to Avoid Mold Issues

Having damp in your home is not good for you!

If you have had a bad experience with a cleaner – using cheap, weak equipment, thus leaving your carpets too wet – often for days on end, then next time make sure that they really do have the most powerful cleaning system available.

This way you should never get a serious mold problem – possibly giving you health issues.

If the equipment is NOT the most powerful, then it simply cannot extractHappy New Year 2018 Images as much moisture possible, a simple fact.

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