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Stop and Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home with These Tips

Stop and Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home with These Tips

Mold is a type of fungi that grows on all types of surfaces, objects, and structures. Mold has a useful role in breaking down and decomposing dead and rotting plants; it isn’t something you particularly want around your house. It can grow practically anywhere that is moist and warm. You can find them on the upholstery of your furniture, on clothing, the fabric of your carpets, on wood, on walls, ceilings, and floors. Their visible black, gray, and green growths destroy the aesthetic appeal of your home.

They also affect the quality of air by filling rooms with a foul smell and cause respiratory diseases and trigger allergies. Don’t allow mold to take over your house. Stop and prevent the growth now with these proven methods.

Prevention

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    Woman looking out big bright window by Elena Elisseeva via 123rf

    The first step in preventing mold growth is by eliminating the conditions of growth.

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    1. Eliminate Moisture

    Prevent the growth of mold by reducing moisture in the air and eliminating water from surfaces. Reduce moisture in the air by using dehumidifiers in houses that are situated in hot and humid areas. Have a hygrometer handy to measure the humidity of the air. Adjust your dehumidifiers to keep the humidity below 60% at all times to prevent mold growth. Dehumidifiers and hygrometers are readily available at hardware stores.

    Other major culprits are leaky water pipes, ceilings, and rooftops. Make sure these are all sealed tight. In addition, make sure any water basins such as your sinks and bathtubs are dry and clean when not in use. When it comes to carpets, use wool carpets and fabric that do not retain moisture. We also suggest not keeping wet clothes in the house. Immediately take washed clothes outside to dry in the sun.

    2. Regulate Warmth

    Open windows for good ventilation and allow warm air to escape outside. Open doors between rooms to increase circulation in the house. If you want to take it up a notch, switch on your air conditioners to keep the air flow circulating around your home.

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    3. Lighten up Dark Spaces

    Mold growth thrives in dark spaces, and so you should draw up curtains to allow enough sunlight in your rooms. Still, surfaces also favor mold growth, so try to ensure that the sunlight hits your unused bed covers and pillows that lie still all day long.

    Stopping Mold Growth

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      Man vacuums carpet via Carpet Vida London

      1. Vacuum Wet Materials

      Sometimes it’s just not enough to dry the surfaces. Certain materials (such as carpets) absorb the moisture. The purpose of wet vacuuming is to pick up and remove these pockets of moisture to ensure completely dryness. It might seem like overkill, but the cost (from a financial and health point of view) are not worth the risk.

      2. Scrub with Water and Detergent

      Sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty, and there’s nothing like scrubbing your house. No pain, no gain, right? You should scrub all the moldy surfaces with water and detergent. In your bathrooms, you should use cotton coils dipped in detergent to wipe off the mold. The cotton is smooth and friendly on tiles. As soon as you are done scrubbing, wipe the surfaces clean and keep them dry to discourage further growth.

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      3. Discard Objects that Have Excess Mold

      Sometimes dry cleaning, scrubbing and vacuuming are not enough to remove mold completely. To stop the spreading of mold altogether, the easiest solution might just be to throw it away. We all have things we love, but the last thing you want is it spreading across other things you love. You may need to remove entire wooden ceilings, burn clothes, peel wallpapers, and replace furniture. Put the identified mold infested objects in plastic bags if possible, and have waste disposal services pick them up.

      When working with mold, always wear protective equipment such as face masks and rubber gloves. These would reduce contact between you and the mold spores that when inhaled or ingested could cause a variety of illnesses. Most of this is common sense – as long as there are no visible molds, discolorations on the wall or wet surfaces, you will probably be fine.

      Mold is tricky and painful to deal with, but just know that the cost of getting a remediation team in can be thousands of dollars (or even tens of thousands depending on the severity and home size), so be proactive. If you do need some help in removing mold, there are various cleaning companies that can help. It is better to have the job done well even if it would be costly than to have it half done and risk the reoccurrence of mold growth.

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      Featured photo credit: Black mold symptoms via blackmold-symptoms.com

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      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

        Why You Need a Vision

        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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        How to Create Your Life Vision

        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

        What Do You Want?

        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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        Some tips to guide you:

        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
        • Give yourself permission to dream.
        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

        Some questions to start your exploration:

        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
        • What qualities would you like to develop?
        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
        • What would you most like to accomplish?
        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

        A few prompts to get you started:

        • What will you have accomplished already?
        • How will you feel about yourself?
        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
        • What does your ideal day look like?
        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
        • What would you be doing?
        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
        • How are you dressed?
        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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        Plan Backwards

        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
        • What important actions would you have had to take?
        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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