Do you ever notice a little mold in your bathroom, or underneath the kitchen sink? Don’t ignore little warnings of bigger problems. Let’s face it, mold is one of the most ubiquitous organisms on earth. It is everywhere, and there is not much we can do about it. While it serves its place in our environment––breaking down organic matter for reuse by other organisms––it is well documented that mold and its poisons can wreak havoc on our health. It is our job to remain vigilant so we can protect our health.
Because mold is everywhere and will colonize anywhere given the opportunity, we must remain particularly keen about making sure we do not let our homes develop a mold problem.
Even when people go on The Kaufmann Diet––a diet designed to mitigate the effects of mold, yeast, fungus and the poisons they produce––the efficacy of the diet is greatly diminished if you are constantly exposed to an environment which has a mold problem. So if you are doing all the right things with your diet, it may be time to see if your home has a mold problem.
Have you ever noticed a little mold somewhere in the bathroom? Near a vent? Or somewhere in the kitchen?
Don’t ignore it. Even if its just a little mold.
It is important to clean mold when and where you see it. There are many cleaners that are designed for this purpose, both all-natural (such as d-limonene-based cleaners) and many that are far more powerful (such as bleach). When you clean mold, it might be beneficial to wear a mask and gloves, but make sure you clean it is as thoroughly as possible. Ideally, this will prevent mold from spreading.
But this might be just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
Mold thrives in places where there is sustained moisture; this is why it is common in bathrooms or kitchens, or around AC vents, where cold air condenses ambient humidity, providing a steady supply of damp material such as drywall. These are the obvious places. But even in the cleanest of homes, if you have experienced a roof leak, a broken pipe, a flood––any of these events can facilitate the growth of mold in unseen places. Mold can lurk on the backside of drywall, or in/around AC vents, or in carpeting.
Sometimes the presence of mold is evidenced by a musty smell, but this might not be the case. If you suspect you might have a mold problem, a simple mold test kit available at a hardware store can be a valuable resource. Big problems might require big remediation. While this can be a significant expense, it could be difficult to resolve any health problems you may be experiencing a result of mold exposure without professional mold remediation.
Keeping your home free from mold is important; this constitutes one more way for you to protect yourself against the ravages of fungi and their poisonous byproducts.
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