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10-09-2015

Mold Busting - Ten Ways To Treat And Terminate

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The science bit

Most of us are familiar with common molds that appear frequently in our homes. Sometimes referred to as mildew, mold is a fungus that typically thrives in damp areas. Common types of molds that appear in our homes can be found sprouting in shower cubicles and bathrooms. These household molds have technical names like Cladosporium and Penicillium and a variety of other unpronounceable words. They are attracted to environments where heat and moisture collides. Our homes are natural hosts for moisture-inducing mold to develop. With so many modern appliances that aid our every day tasks; cookers, steamers, air humidifiers, it's easy to see how mold can prosper and grow. Apart from looking ugly and smelling unpleasant, mold can have adverse effects on our health.
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Is it dangerous?

Molds release small spores into the air. The spores are not visible to the naked eye and can pose a serious health risk, especially to those of us who suffer from upper respiratory problems. They also cause many allergic reactions. The tiny spores that innocently float through the air bind together to form clusters. Some studies suggest there's a connection between atmospheric mold spores and depression. It's even believed that mold toxicity can attack the central nervous system. Other studies have shown that we are unknowingly inhaling microscopic bacteria into our lungs. It makes sense then to rid our homes of harmful mildew but, before you splash out on an expensive specialist company or products, try banishing it yourself with these ten tried and tested methods.
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