mold allergy guide

Mold Allergy: How To Minimize Your Exposure
Many people have a mold allergy. Mold spores are the main culprit of seasonal mold allergies. Mold allergies are typically worst during the spring and early fall. It typically peaks in the late summer months.

The more humid and moist climates have mold allergies throughout the entire year.

Does the rain ‘clean’ the air from mold spores?

Mold suffers have a build in weather forecasting system. They can tell when the weather is about to change. Typically a mold suffer can feel the sinus pressure begin to build just prior to the weather changing and the storm from blowing in. The rain storm does not wash mold spores out of the air. Instead it stirs up the mold spores in the air and makes mold suffers worse.

Can I have a mold indoors?

Unfortunately indoors there are several areas that are ideal for growing mold and triggering your mold allergy. Mold grows in humid, damp, dark places. Here is a brief list of areas in your home that could be harboring mold colonies.

Bathrooms have several water sources that make ideal mold growth zones.
• Inside of the toilet's bowl rim a little water can remain after each flush. This water along with the cool porcelain provide a great place for mold to grow.
• Is there a window next to the bath tub or shower? Each time the shower is used a little water can get trapped in the window's track and provide a breeding ground for mold.
• Shower head
• Shampoo and conditioner bottles will trap water beneath the bottle and allow mold to grow around the edges of the bottle.
• Anti slip bath tub mat.
• Wooden towel drying racks.
• Vanity sink drain. Hair and other debris

collect in the sink drain and provide an excellent environment for mold to grow.

Basement / Cellar
• A damp and moist cellar provides an excellent environment for mold growth. Basements are by their nature cool and dark place which provides the ideal growing environment and make your mold allergies explode.

Evaporator Coil

• The air conditioner evaporator coil is located next to the blower unit, typically in the attic of most homes. The evaporator coil takes the compressed refrigerant and allows it to expand. The expansion of the refrigerant cools the air down significantly. This cooling effect also causes water vapor to turn into liquid. That is why there is a drain line connected to the evaporator coil. Since the coil gets cold and wet each time the air conditioner runs, any dirt that is gets trapped on the evaporator coil’s fins will become a breading ground for mold. Once this happens, each time the air conditioner runs it will be fueling your mold allergy.

How can I purge mold from my home?

• Turn on the exhaust fan and let it run for several minutes after a bath. By running the exhaust fan it will pull the humid, moist air out of the bathroom.
• After each shower wipe off all standing water.
• For any mold colonies you find clean them up with a bleach based product.
• Hang up the bath tub anti-slip mat after each use.
• If the anti-slip mat begins to grow mold and cleaning it has failed, throw it out. It is not worth causing your mold to flare up. Just the act of throwing out the anti-slip mat will cause your mold to flare up.
• Use a toilet tank cleaner that with each flush will work to kill of any mold growing in the toilet bowl.

Basement / Cellar
• Water proof the exterior walls of the cellar.
• Add ventilation either in the form of exterior fans or openings.
• Add air conditioning ducts and vents in the basement to provide a proper air circulation.

Evaporator Coil

• Have the air conditioner evaporator coil professionally cleaned to remove all dirt and mold.
• Make it a habit to change out the furnace filters on a regular schedule.
• Switch to pleated filters from fiber glass.

Mold allergies vary from seasonal to year around based on where you live. Not even inside the home is a mold suffer safe from mold spores. There are several steps that you can to reduce your exposure to mold spores that leads to a mold attack.”>Allergy facts has more helpful information about living with allergies and how to deal with them.

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