I’ve been to many houses and I’ve seen my bit of mould and other, in most cases it is caused by the way household habitants are actually living in them.
Mould is man made
With this in mind one should make himself familiar with few conditions that mould needs to grow and spread it’s toxins( which as a matter of fact can be harmful to humans). For mould to grow in a first place room has to be cold, moistures and without great deal of air flow.
Few ways that people create those conditions in their rooms:
Draying clothing without opening windows
Not having ventilation in the bathroom
Not ventilating the room
Not having heating on often enough
Now if you understand what mould need to grow in your home you can prevent those conditions to be in place, once you achieve dry, and ventilated rooms mould will hate you. Now, if you have some mould you just need to treat it with some good antibacterial chemicals and wash it well. If you’re happy with result and you’ve resolved environmental causes you can paint it off and it should be gone for a long time. I would recommend as a first course of action to asses your home and check if there I’d no outside moisture source.
Carpet mould is a nasty thing to have in your home, that is why one should be avoided by any cots. I’ll start from giving few reasons how mould can formulate in your carpet and what mound can cause to you and your family.
What conditions are needed for mould to grow in your carpet:
- mould spores
- Darkness (mould will not grow in ultraviolet light)
- Warmth ( mould will not grow in low temperature
- Moisture (mould love to have some water from leak or other source)
- Enough time ( mould can grow with in two days if the conditions are right for it)
- Leaks in the roof can cause increase humidity and problems for your home and walls.
- Condensation is other source of water, this will take place on cold surfaces in the house.
- Poor ventilation is obvious cause for mould development.
What mould can cause to you:
- Respiratory problems can be caused by presence of mould on your carpet (Peat, 2007).
- Cough and wheeze in healthy people can be cause by mould.
- Shortness of breath
As you can see mould in your home is rather serious thing to have, and you should be looking in to improving the conditions and removing the mould fastest you can. One could go and hire professional carpet cleaner, or do it yourself with help of some information on the matter. Whatever you chose it is important to get rid of it as fastest as you can.
Preventing mould from building up, well this is one thing that you can figure out by now. Simply improve the conditions in your house to prevent mould development and you should be fine. However if you are looking for method to remove existing mould you should be using chemicals with strong enzymes to get rid of it. Other than that you could use vinegar with water, or baking soda recipes that are of good effectiveness.
Peat, J. K., 2007. Effects of damp and mould in the home on respiratory health: a review of the literature. Allergy, 53(2), pp. 120-128.