Is there mold in your home?
February 25, 2005...Tips & Products that can help.
Along with pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds, molds are a leading cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis. In warm regions, molds may be present year round. In colder areas, the mold season generally runs from early spring well into the fall, typically peaking during July and August. While most molds, like pollens, are killed by the first major frost, others may persist during the winter months even in cold regions.
There are literally thousands of types of mold. The seeds of reproductive particles of fungi are known as spores. It is usually these spores that actually cause mold allergies. A single mold growth can spawn literally millions of spores.
Molds can be found wherever moisture and oxygen are present. Rotting logs and vegetation are prime habitat for molds, as are damp walls and carpet. Some molds attach to certain grasses, weeds, and grains such as wheat, oats, barley, and corn. Molds thrive at room temperature.
Inside your home, molds can often be found in damp basements and closets (in sheetrock, wallboard, and insulation), bathrooms, refrigerator, house plants, air conditioning system, humidifiers, foam pillows, washing machines, dryer vents, and furniture. Certain workplace environments are also very prone to mold infestation or problems.
You can do the following to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful molds in your home:
-install a quality air cleaner/purifier in your home
-remove carpet in bathrooms and replace with tile or linoleum
-clean bathrooms and shower stalls frequently with mold-killing cleaning solutions
-turn your exhaust fan on in the bathroom when showering, and in the kitchen when cooking
-vent your clothes dryer outside of the home
-use a dehumidifier in the summer if the humidity in your home exceeds 50%
-make sure clothes are well dried before they are put away in closets or dressers
-use paints with mold inhibitors
-repair any water leaks in basements quickly
More recently, some companies have begun to address the mold issue by manufacturing mold resistant products. One such product is Georgia-Pacific's DensArmor and DensArmor Plus wallboards. DensArmor Plus is a unique paperless wallboard consisting of a moisture-resistant noncombustible gypsum core and coated glass mat facings on both the face and back of the board. The inorganic glass mats provide superior protection from moisture and are highly resistant to the growth of mold. DensArmor Plus is ideal for all of the home’s interior walls and ceilings.
As a matter of fact, Georgia-Pacific has received the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from the Good Housekeeping Institute for two of G-P Gypsum’s revolutionary DensGuard™ interior gypsum panel products, DensArmor™ Plus Interior Guard and DensShield™ Tile Guard. They are the first gypsum building products in the industry to obtain this important consumer recognition.
For more information, you can call the G-P Gypsum Technical Hotline at (800)225-6119 which serves customers from 8a.m. to 6p.m. EST. or visit Georgia Pacific