If you are looking at homes for sale in Dallas GA or anywhere else, the last thing you want to see is mold or mildew. And if you’ve ever had mold or mildew you know unsightly it is. But, did you know it also can have detrimental effects on your health? People with compromised immune systems, the elderly and infants are especially susceptible. A mildew problem can usually be remedied with regular cleaning, but if you suspect a mold problem, you should consult a professional.
Left untreated, mold can cause a variety of health problems:
- Allergic type reactions (such as nasal stuffiness, scratchy throat, coughing, sneezing)
- Mental fog
- Chronic fatigue
- Itchy and irritated skin conditions (if you come in contact with it)
- Aggravate and worsen asthma conditions
- Respiratory infections
- Lung damage
Mold and mildew may be in your home without you even realizing it. It tends to grow in damp, humid places, like the bathroom, or around leaky pipes or windows. Mold looks like green or black dots, and sometimes grows in a circular pattern.
You might not see the mold if it’s growing under the sink or in the basement but if it has been growing in an enclosed space you will definitely be able to smell it. Mold and mildew have a strong musty odor.
Since mold is hazardous to your health it’s advisable to protect yourself when cleaning it by wearing gloves, a mask or respirator and eye protection. In fact, mold can be so dangerous that if the area of your mold problem is more than 3 square feet you should consider hiring a professional.
If you choose to do the cleanup yourself, you have a few “green” options. You probably have some of these products in your cupboards already.
Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there’s some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum.
Tip from the EPA – http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html
Let us know how you like the cleaner recipes. And if you are looking to sell your home or looking at homes for sale in Dallas GA, what are you going to do to address these issues?