Home Trends from Ed Wang & Christopher Wannamaker


Royal LePage Connect Realty


Keeping your home free from health harming mould can be as easy as knowing where to look for it, what to do if you find some and how to prevent it from growing in the first place. You can potentially find mould in places that are wet (or can get wet), warm, dark and have poor air circulation. Tour your home and access the areas where mould can form For example, look for water damage in the walls, mould growth under the sinks, under your kitchen appliances, in your chimney, in potted plants, in your front-loading washing machine, window sills and anywhere else that meets the prime mould growing criteria. Depending on what surface you happen to spot (or smell) mould on, you can most likely remove it yourself. If it's on fabric, a mattress or other materials that easily absorb moisture, you will likely need to toss the item. However,

if the mould is found on a non-porous surface like plastic, glass, tile, etc. you should be able to clean it. Using gloves, a mask and other protective equipment, thoroughly scrub the area with soap and water. The area will need to dry completely as well. A professional may need to be brought in if the mould is recurring, larger than three square meters or where access to clean it is not available. Prevention often includes thoroughly cleaning the damp, dark spaces of your home, keeping the humidity low by using bathroom and stove exhaust fans, using a dehumidifier, soaking up spills quickly and entirely and letting damp areas dry out and have plenty of ventilation. If you’re concerned about mould, the Government of Canada has a wealth of resources available online at https://www. canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/

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