It’s Mold Awareness Month. Did you know that some mold spores, even in low levels, cause inflammation with the lung cells? Allergies are just the start of what your parent might experience if mold is present in the house. Skin rashes, flu-like symptoms, and asthma are also possible.
When there is mold in your parents’ house, it’s important to get the problem solved and rid the home of mold. It’s safer to have an expert in mold remediation come in and take care of the problem.
Below you will find tips on handling a mold situation…
Determine Why There’s Mold
Excess moisture in a basement is one reason you might start finding mold. A dehumidifier will work wonders at getting the humidity levels to 60 percent or lower. That’s the number to aim for. If any sheet rock is moldy, you’ll need to bring in experts to remove it. It’s not recommended that you do the job yourself, as you can end up sick if you do not have the proper ventilation masks and equipment.
Are there any leaking pipes? Water dripping down a wall or inside a cupboard or closet leads to excess moisture and mold. The same is true of a leaking roof or rain getting in through a gap in a window or crack in a home’s exterior. Make sure any gaps are sealed and repair leaking pipes as soon as you spot them.
Removing Mold by Yourself
If the amount of mold is small, you might be able to handle it yourself. The EPA states you should be able to handle mold that’s less than 10 square feet. Make sure you read up on EPA guidelines and do the job correctly. A mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide or a mold killing agent is ideal, as long as that agent is listed for indoor use.
When you clean up the mold, use rubber gloves, eye protection, and a respirator to avoid breathing in the mold spores. Experts recommend an N95 respirator. When the work is complete, make sure you’ve addressed the cause of the mold. If you clean it up and the moisture is still a problem, the mold will return.
Check Continually for Issues
Have a caregiver around to monitor your parents in their home. An elder care professional can help make sure that water doesn’t get left running and that leaking pipes are spotted sooner rather than later.
If your mom is the type to overload the washer accidentally and then ignore any water that leaks out, then the mold may become a problem. With an elder care professional helping with laundry, that eliminates problems of that nature. Call and elder care professional today to learn more.
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