Spring Cleaning: Playing Whack-A-Mold

According to Harvard, mold toxins at indoor environmental levels have never been shown scientifically to cause any illness, and physicians generally do not accept any causal connection between them. As evidence, people living in the South prior to the proliferation of air conditioning showed no evidence of having more chronic, non-specific diseases. (Source: http://users.physics.harvard.edu/~wilson/soundscience/mold/gots1.html)

That being said, as you embark on spring-cleaning chores, this is a great time to check for and eradicate potential mold. Mold has a few familiar places it likes to hide, so consider this blog a map of potential hidden saboteurs.

You’ll want to check all water source areas in your home—toilets, tubs, washing machines, dishwashers, faucets, the sump pump, ejector pump and your hot water heater for potential leaks. Unchecked water is your nemesis, and the precursor to household mold issues.

The most important thing you can do for your HVAC system is to clear out the dust nutrients feeding mold spores. Start buying high-efficiency filters with a built-in electrostatic charge and at least a MERV 10 rating. These filters will act like a magnet, capturing 90 percent of the mold spores and pet dander in your environment, as microscopic as three to 10 microns. (To demonstrate how tiny that is, a human hair is 70 microns in diameter.)

Carpeting and rugs, especially in high-humidity rooms like a bathroom, will hold in moisture and form mold, so replacing carpets with tile and wood flooring will minimize your likelihood of mold growth.

You’ll want to avoid decorating with wallpaper in rooms like your bathroom or laundry room where there’s high humidity. Mold can easily grow underneath loosened wallpaper on the drywall.

If you ever smell or suspect mold in your home, contact the professionals here at Roscoe Brown at 1-888-MY-ROSCOE to mitigate it. We are here to ensure our customer families are living in safe, comfortable environments.