13
Sep

Avoiding Extra-Humidity May Add You Some Health

   Posted by: undercover   in Dangerous for Health

It doesn’t seem fair: Even as the pollen allergy season peaks and begins to die down there remains no respite for allergy sufferers.

Shorter days, cooler temperatures, more humidity and a deep layer of brightly colored leaves herald a problem. Under the dry leaves may be a layer of damp, decaying leaves, and where there is decay, there is generally mold.

In the house, fall brings temperatures too cool to make the air conditioner run, but not cold enough to bring on the central heating. The house becomes more humid, and mold and mildew begin to flourish in moist dark areas.

Mold spores can cause the same allergy miseries as pollen, so follow these steps to be sure that you minimize these allergy problems for you and your family:
Keep firewood outdoors on a crib and sheltered so that it can dry and stay dry until you need it.
Rake leaves while they are dry. Don’t allow them to become wet and begin to decay.
Put a dehumidifier into your basement and/or garage if those areas tend to be damp.
Windows in a garage or basement will discourage growth of mold by admitting light.

Avoid going into crawl spaces, but if you must:
Wear a mask
Change your clothes as soon as possible and wash them
Take a shower and wash your hair

Wear a filter mask to protect yourself while working in or around:
Barns or places where hay is stored
Compost heaps, they are great breeding grounds for molds

Wear a mask while raking leaves, mowing grass and weeding, especially in shady places.

Simple Advice on how to Keep the House Dry
Try to keep the humidity in your house as low as possible. A dehumidifier will help, or run the air conditioner.

In the bathroom, especially if it has no window:
Use the exhaust fan to remove excess humidity
Be sure that your bath mats are machine washable and wash them regularly
Frequently treat walls, fixtures and shower curtains with a fungicide
Stretch out the damp shower curtain after each shower so it will dry

Around the house in general:
Let damp clothes and shoes dry before putting them away or in the laundry hamper
Promptly remove laundry from the washing machine and dry it
Remove spoiling food from the refrigerator before it grows mold
Use an exhaust fan to remove steam and humidity from the kitchen
Let the sunshine in whenever possible by opening curtains and blinds – mold and mildew hate light
Purchase a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter
When you shampoo carpets be sure to pick up all the moisture you can with the steam vac to hasten drying
A product like Damprid placed in closets and under beds and in other dark, moist places will absorb moisture (Damprid is widely used to prevent mildew and moisture buildup in boats left closed up for a while)

If you live in a very dry area and use a humidifier, especially in winter, you should:
Clean it regularly or mold will grow in it and spray spores through your home
Use a HEPA filter with your humidifier
Indoor plants:
Remember, mold grows in soil
Wear a mask when you transplant or loosen the soil
Do not let water stand in plant saucers

Holiday wreaths and decorations stored in boxes may carry mold spores into the house.
A few mothballs or para-crystals stored among them will help prevent mold.
Mothballs or para-crystals may damage some plastics, so follow manufacturer’s instructions for use.

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