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Reduce Mould in Your Home for Healthy Living

Last updated August. 23, 2018


They might be useful in a laboratory but moulds in your home should give you concerns. They will appear as nasty spots and patches on any area of your house where they find convenient.

If you are having a problem with this unsightly and unhealthy microorganisms, there are actually a number of things you can do to keep them at bay.

They thrive better when there is adequate moisture to support their growth.

Before we talk about the different ways of reducing moisture and mould in your home, it is important to know more about mould and how it can impact your health.


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What is Mould?

Mould is a microorganism. It is a fungus that can be found in different environments with enough moisture to support their growth.

This means you are most likely going to see them in damp places. Ideally, they are not supposed to grow in your home, but sometimes you find them just where you do not want them to be.


Health Risks of Mould

Asides from the fact that moulds are unsightly, there are other reasons you wouldn’t what them to be in your home.

Generally, fungi are some of the microorganisms that cause different kinds or human diseases.

Moulds, in particular, are associated with several health conditions and having them around your home means that you will be at risk of fungus infections. Some of the conditions you may suffer include:

  • Nasal problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin Rashes
  • Some serious lung infections
  • Sore eyes
  • Throat irritation and several others.

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Moisture and Mould

As has been stressed earlier, mould strives where there is adequate moisture to support their growth. Their presence in your home is directly linked to the moisture level in your home.

It also follows that when you succeed with keeping the moisture level of your indoor space at a healthy level, you would have also succeeded in keeping mould at bay.

This will not only make your home look neater and better but also help you to avoid the different health conditions mould can expose you to.


Ways to Reduce Moisture and Mould

When we talk about moisture in your home, there are certain aspects of the house that will easily come to mind – the kitchen and the bathroom.

While these parts of the house are truly more likely to have more moisture, it is actually important to take the entire house into account when trying to keep the moisture level down. We will look at different ways to go about it.


1. Keep Humidity Down

Moisture in the atmosphere is measured as humidity. Relative humidity is the amount of moisture in the atmosphere expressed as a percentage of the total amount of water/moisture air in that temperature can hold.

You can obtain the measurement using a hygrometer. Indoor humidity is not expected to exceed 60%.

It is important that you check the reading of the hygrometer and once it gets to 60% or above, you can reduce it through the use of a dehumidifier.


2. Open the Bathroom Windows

The bathroom is one of the places you need to take extra care to keep clean and avoid the common home cleaning mistakes. Moisture build up is much more likely in this part of the house and mould and other microorganisms find the bathroom conducive.

When there is moisture accumulation in your bathroom other rooms in the house will soon have their own share of the moisture.

The simplest way to keep the moisture level of your bathroom low is to open the bathroom windows. This simple trick is very efficient.


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3. Moisture-Free Kitchen

The kitchen is another part of the house you need to be careful about. The fact that it is where what you eat come from means that it has to be free of microbes.

Just like the bathroom, however, so much water is used in the kitchen and it is easy for it to become damp.

Take extra care to ensure that the kitchen is clean and has as little moisture as possible. Drain refrigerator drip pan regularly and install an exhaust vent if possible.


4. Do Not Dry Wet Clothes Inside the House

Hanging wet clothes inside the house is one silly way to build up moisture in your indoor space.

Unless you have a spin dryer, the best and only place to dry your cloth is outside your house.

When you hang wet clothes inside, the water molecules that escape from it will build up in your indoor space and can easily encourage mould growth.

If it happens that you have no other choice than to hang them inside due to inclement weather, hang them in a particular room that is well ventilated.


5. Have your House Insulated

During the cold period of the year, condensation is one of the major factors that can cause moisture build-up.

You can take care of this by having your house properly insulated so as to keep the temperature warm enough when the weather is cold outside.


6. Invest in Mould-Resistant Products

There are ways you can make your home mould-resistant through the products you buy.

There is moisture-resistant drywall that you can use for your kitchen as well as paints that can prevent mould growths. Use them to keep your home free of moulds.


Your climate plays a significant role in the humidity level of your home. There are things you can do, however, to control moisture and mould in order to live healthier.

We have summarised some important points and hope it helps you to live healthier.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.

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