Contributed by Mike Carroll, Lifestyle Home Products
We spend most of our personal time at home, and most of our personal income to pay for our home – the last thing we should need to worry about is our personal wellbeing in our home.
Mould, which is a fungus, grows in damp areas found throughout the home on certain materials such as drywall, wood, and fabric. Areas most susceptible to mould are wood windowsills, bathroom and kitchen walls and carpets. Mould is often black or white – but also comes in other colours. Mould releases “spores” into the air that people breath in posing negative health risks.
Extreme cases of mould have been blamed for life threatening conditions, but even the more common irritations such as; coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, allergic reactions and other similar asthma symptoms are avoidable with homeowner precautions.
To prevent mould check your windows, roofs, bathrooms, and foundation for leaks, and repair any cracks found. Avoid moisture build-ups where possible by removing carpet in bathrooms, storing firewood outside, wiping wood windows down regularly, as well as keeping your home ventilated with exhaust fans or open windows during nicer weather. For more information on risks and preventing mould in your home visit Health Canada’s website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
If you are considering any home renovations, speak with your representative at Lifestyle Home Products to learn how many of our products, particularly our EnviroGreen vinyl windows can make a considerable impact on improving the health and safety of your home and preventing any mould.