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Preventing Mold

As many devastated homeowners can tell you post-Sandy

Where there is water damage, there is mold—and lots of it.

But mold can thrive anywhere if the conditions are right.  Here’s how to protect your home—and your health. 

Mold Prevention Tips

Mold is a real problem for those with asthma, allergies, or a compromised immune system. The fungus reproduces through spores (seeds), which are spread by air both indoors and out. 

The spores can be inhaled into your nose and cause allergic reactions. They can even grow in your sinuses! (Use a neti pot to irrigate your sinuses and prevent this issue.) If the spores reach your lungs, they can trigger an asthma attack. 

Here’s how to keep this menace from taking root in your home. 

  • Fix any leaky pipes.
  • Use dehumidifiers, especially in the basement, to remove moisture. Be sure to drain the humidifier regularly. 
  • Keep bathrooms—especially small bathrooms—well-ventilated. Install an exhaust fan or open a window while showering.
  • For small mold problems, mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil or white vinegar with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray on problem area, and don’t rinse.
  • Don’t use carpeting in damp areas.
  • Clean trash cans regularly. 
  • Recycle old books and newspapers.
  • Make sure all the seals on your windows and doors are in good condition.
  • If you see condensation on windows, pipes, or interior walls, dry the area and determine if the moisture is caused by high humidity or if there is a leak somewhere that needs repair. 

 

Are you allergic to mold?

Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, cough, congestion, watery eyes, and dry skin.

Complementary Help

Cordyceps is a fungus that can help relieve asthma and respiratory ailments. 

Ginger can ease allergy-related coughs and stuffy nose.

Ginkgo can decrease inflammation due to respiratory allergies. 

Peppermint is an anti-inflammatory that can relax breathing passages and relieve sinus congestion caused by allergies.

Stinging nettle contains natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories that can relieve a stuffy nose and boost your resistance to mold.

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