An indoor health problem is not always presented in mold exposures. But there are people who are sensitive to molds. These people may experience symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation when exposed to molds. Some people may have more severe reactions to molds. Workers who are exposed to large amounts of mold in occupational settings such as farmers working around moldy hay may experience such severe reactions to mold. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Immunocompromised persons and persons with chronic lung diseases like COPD are at increased risk for opportunistic infections and may develop fungal infections in their lungs.
How can You Remove Molds? In most cases, a thorough cleaning with commercial products, soap and water or 1 cup of bleach solution in 1 gallon of water, is what you can do to remove molds from hard surfaces. You may have to throw away absorbent and porous materials like carpet, drywall, and ceiling materials if they became moldy. If you have an extensive amount of mold and you do not think you can manage the cleanup on your own, you may want to contact a professional who has experience in cleaning mold in buildings and homes. If there is still a source of moisture, then mold contamination may recur and so it is important to properly clean and dry the area because you can still have an allergic reaction to parts of the dead mold.
Do you want to use bleach in order to clean up mold?
Don’t mix ammonia with bleach. If you mix bleach and ammonia, then dangerous and toxic fumes can be produced. To provide fresh air, open windows and doors. Don’t forget to wear protective eye gear and non-porous gloves. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.
Specific Recommendations to prevent Mold.
Keep humidity level in house between 40% and 60%. An air conditioner or humidifier should be used during humid months. Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms. You can also use mold inhibitors which can be added to paints. Clean bathroom with mold-killing products. Avoid carpeting your bathrooms. You need to remove and replace carpets that have been flooded.
Toxic mold spores can become airborne during the cleaning. In order to prevent the spores from spreading, shut down HVAC systems and make sure that the affected area is contained before you start the cleanup.
Separately contain each area that has been affected by mold. To seal doorways, vents, and other openings, use plastic sheeting and duct tape.
You can place an exhaust fan in a window if possible and make sure it’s open to the outdoors in order to direct air flow and mold spores outside.
By keeping the dust levels at a minimum, you can reduce the spread of mold spores and limit health risks as well. You can use air purifiers or ionizers so that airborne particulate can be minimized.