This time of year, mold allergies are a big problem for many people. You can see big streaks of black mold on the sides of brick and concrete buildings and fences, and you can see it growing on tree trunks and bushes.
Inside your home you may find mold growing in your bathroom or basement. Check out the hallways of dark and damp apartment buildings. If you detect a “musty” smell, it is likely mold or mildew.
There are many hidden sources of mold that can be affecting your health.
In a previous post, I talked about mold particles found on the fur of your outdoor loving pet. If your pet loves rubbing against trees and fences, or jumping into rotting piles of leaves, be sure to wipe them down when they come indoors. Read Look What the Cat/Dog Dragged In for more information.
If you’ve had any water leaks in the past, mold may be hiding under the dried out carpet, tiles or behind the dried out wallpaper or wall paint. Be sure to check out your bathroom … watching for tell-tale black spots growing behind titles.
Surprising to many people is the fact that the soil their houseplants sit in, may be filled with mold. If in doubt, change the soil and wipe or scrape off black spots where the plant enters the soil.
Here is a great article on how to prevent and get rid of mold in your houseplant soil. Beginner Houseplants: Mold on surface of soil, how can I prevent it.
During the rainy season, leave your shoes at the door. This will help prevent the spread of mold and mildew spores throughout your household.
If you are suffering from mold or mildew allergies, give me a call to discuss how the alternatives. (Wendy Lind — 604-839-9789