Fall. The season of leaves falling to the ground… and mould spores rising into the air. Where does mould occur and what can you do to avoid it?
First things first: where there is moisture, chances are there may be mould. It can be found outside—on rotting logs, in piles of fallen leaves, in compost piles and in grasses and grains—or in any area of the house where moisture can occur, like the kitchen, bathroom and basement.
Even before fall officially arrives, August is a tough month for mould, as the hot and often humid weather fosters its growth. Rain and wind can also increase the spore count in the air, as the wet weather creates damp conditions and the wind serves as a perfect means of transportation.
Fear not: you don’t need to relocate to a desert climate to find relief. Here are 6 simple and practical ways to make it through this peak season:
- Avoidance is good: Do your best to stay indoors when spore counts are high outside and avoid chores like raking leaves, cutting the grass and hanging laundry out to dry. If you do have to work in the yard, wear a dust mask.
- Windows close for a reason: A breeze is nice, but not if it’s transporting spores into the comfort of your home. Keep your windows closed and use an air conditioner, which generally helps to clean, cool and dry the air.
- Embrace domestic cleanliness: Clean garbage cans often, scrub your sinks at least once a month, clean your fridge, remove carpet from basements and bathrooms if you can, put an exhaust fan in your bathroom if there isn’t one and fix water leaks as soon as possible. Mould spreads quickly, so do your best to stay one step ahead.
- Purge: When it comes to old books, newspapers, clothing and bedding, be merciless. They can be incubators for mould.
- Get a dehumidifier: It’s a simple and effective way to keep your house dry.
- Consult a healthcare professional: See whether allergy medication may suit you. Depending on your conditions, antihistamines may help relieve your allergy symptoms.
Don’t let mould get the best of you. With the right game plan, you can keep your environment healthy and your allergy symptoms at bay.