If you are noticing changes in your health, there could be mould inside your home. A mould allergy can cause headaches and respiratory problems.
Fortunately, there are several ways to detect mould in your home. When you find mould, you can remove it with regular house cleaning products.
Here are some of the common causes of mould:
1) Leaking pipes
A leaky pipe can cause mould in less noticeable areas of your home. If your basement or subfloor is always damp, mould could be growing on your pipes. The mould on your pipes could be green or grey.
2) Humidity and mould
If your home is in a humid climate, you might notice mould growing on your floors or walls. Peeling wallpaper and uneven surfaces are also signs of mould growth. Mould spores can also grow underneath carpet.
3) Mould and dirt
Large patches of mould obviously do not go unnoticed, but many people do not notice small patches of mould. Isolated clusters of mould can be mistaken for dirt. Besides the typical black mould spores, mould in hidden areas can be brown or grey.
4) Allergy symptoms
Many people have seasonal allergies, but there could be mould in your home if your allergies never subside. Nasal congestion and sneezing are common reactions to mould growth.
5) Musty odour
A musty odour could be a sign of mould. Mould is not always in plain sight. If you notice a persistent musty odour that cannot be removed with home cleaning products, there could be mould in hidden areas of your home.
6) Mould on grout
Mould on grout lines can be cleaned with bleach and detergent. The detergent will loosen the mould, and the bleach will kill the spores. Mould spores can also be removed with a mildew cleaner. You should always wear gloves to protect your hands.
7) Mould on concrete floors
A stiff brush and soapy water can be used to remove mould from concrete floors. Spray a mist of water on the floor before scrubbing it with a bristled brush. When the floor is clean, dry it with a rag.
8) Mould on carpet
Patches of mould on carpet should be cleaned with a vacuum that can absorb water. After cleaning the carpet, you should promptly dry your floors with fans. If the weather outside is hot, you can let the outdoor heat dry your carpet.
9) Mould on walls and ceilings
Walls and ceilings can be cleaned with detergents and bleach. You should throw away any mould infested porous objects. If the object has been wet for longer than 24 hours, throw it in the bin.
10) Mould on non-porous items
Non-porous items that do not absorb water can be cleaned using detergents. The items should dry outside or near fans.
Mould should always be cleaned immediately. A mould infestation can cause neurological problems if the growth gets out of control. If you are suffering from respiratory problems or headaches, do a thorough inspection of your floors and walls.
Do you have issues with mould in your house? Do you have anything to share in the comments below?
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