Moulds can be good as they are essential in making penicillin and brie, as well as necessary to decomposing organic matter in nature. However, it can also be dangerous to the health when it grows undetected in our homes.
Mould spores spread easily and can’t be completely eradicated, so it’s important to perform preventive measures to keep your home mould-free and healthy for the family.
- Look for Problem Areas and Correct Them
Make your home mould-resistant by searching for areas that’s consistently leaking or almost always have moisture. Preventing mould from thriving can be as simple as removing a damp carpet, repairing leaking pipes, or installing mould-resistant products; or could also be a major reconstruction and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address it right away. It might cost some money for fixing it now, but it will certainly be much more costly later on if left unresolved.
- Prevent Moisture With Proper Ventilation
Make sure activities as simple as taking a shower, cooking dinner, or doing laundry doesn’t invite moulds by having proper ventilation. Use air conditioning units or dehumidifiers, but make sure they do not produce moisture themselves. Check such appliances regularly and clean them as instructed by your manufacturer.
- Clean and Repair Gutters
Moisture inside the house that could be causing growth of moulds can be due to a simple cluttered gutter. Check your roof gutters and clean it right away if cluttered. Repair any signs of damage, and keep an eye out for any water stains inside your home as this may indicate leaking.
- Install Mould-Resistant Products
Whether building a new house or renovating an old one, use mould-resistant products such as mould-resistant Sheetrock and drywall, as well as mould inhibitors for wall paints. Mould- and moisture resistant drywalls are especially valuable in areas more prone to moisture, such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
- Make Household Plants Mould-Resistant
Live plants inside the house are beautiful and help keep the air clean, but moulds love them, too. The moist soil of indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mould. Instead of getting rid of your indoor plants entirely, add a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you pour to the plants. The natural oil from Taheebo plant, which resists growth of fungi even in rain forests, will help hinder mould build up in your plants.
In Singapore, the humid weather can increase the risk of mould growth in homes. It’s important to know how to respond to moisture according to your region’s climate as there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mould prevention.