Mildew And Mold Prevention

As you come across the title of this article, many of you are probably asking yourselves, what is mildew? Well, for those who don’t know, mildew is a growth produced by mold that is black, or sometimes white and thin. Many believe that mold and mildew are the same thing but there are not. Mold will flourish on anything; mildew will only grow where it is warm, damp, or where air is not circulated. You can look for mildew in clothing closets, basements, cellars and crawl spaces. Other places to look for mildew are on damp clothes waiting to be ironed, rugs in basements, draperies, and shower curtains. Molds and mildew are also most likely to grow in a new house because the building materials are moisturized. Whereever it is moist you can be sure that mildew will flourish. Having molds grow in your home can cause considerable damage and leave musty odors. Mold and mildew discolor fabrics at times they will rot your fabrics into pieces by eating into them. For the safety of your home and possessions you must prevent mold and mildew from growing in your home. Not only will it destroy your home but it will also leave your home with bad odors and we all know that it is important that a home always smells nice and fresh.

Precautions that must be taken
The first thing that you should do for precaution is identify the places where mold and mildew are most likely to grow. These places would be the ones mentioned earlier in the article. Now that you already know what those places are, you have to do your best to keep them dry and clean most of the time. You have to keep in mind that molds grow everywhere but that mildew only flourishes in environments that contain warm temperatures and high humidity levels. Therefore it is important to keep these places dry. You need to keep these places clean because soil and dirty articles are food supply for mildew creating its growth. You don’t want to be feeding your own enemy without knowing it. In your kitchen make sure you clean all greasy stains on the wall because those stains contain nutrients for mildew and molds. You must keep all these places in your home spotless so that you don’t invite these unpleasant visitors.

The Basics
From the beginning, I have said that in a home there will not be any mold or mildew if there is no source of moisture. That brings us to the basic rule of mildew prevention which is to always seek areas that are too moist. If you seek these moist areas and keep them dry you will not have mold or mildew problems. Many basements are continually wet from leaking so you will be obligated to replace the defective mortar and make sure that the outside drainage is proper. If you have a dryer in your basement and it is equipped with a vent make sure it is exhausted to the outside so that it removes all the moist air. Do the best you can in removing all the dampness out of your house by heating for a small amount of time. Also always open the windows and doors to let out the humidity in the air. When preventing mildew, an exhaust fan would be very helpful as well.

A properly installed air-conditioning system will cool the air and extract the moisture in warm air. This system would take the warm air and circulate with cool air creating dry air into the room. If you were to attach a humidistat on to the thermostat to control humidity, it will work together with the air-conditioning system to remove moisture effectively and efficiently. Sometimes, just opening your doors and windows is not enough and that’s when you have to get an electric fan or an air-conditioning system to remove the moisture from your house. It’s the only way to prevent mildew and mold from growing.

Mildew Odor
Once you smell musty odors in your home you already know there is either mildew or mold growing in your house. When the mold or mildew is not noticeable you can look for it by smelling bad odors. Try getting rid of the bad odor as soon as possible so that mildew or mold won’t flourish any faster with the Aroma Pill from Method Products. The aroma pill is installed in a socket and in a few minutes the odor will be gone and it also kills any germs or bacteria in the air. If perhaps the bad odor does not go away with the aroma pill then you will have to call a professional.

Be smart and take precautions before you have mold or mildew living in your house with you. It’s better to be prepared for the unexpected.

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