How to Rid Your House of Bacteria and Mold

How to Rid Your House of Bacteria and Mold

Bacteria and mold are two substances commonly found in our homes that can cause health How to Rid Your House of Bacteria and Moldconcerns when the conditions are right. Here’s some helpful information on how to rid your Peachtree City home of both.

Mold 101

These fungi spores float in the air and settle on most surfaces inside your home. You probably won’t even notice the spores unless the right balance of moisture and warmth allow them to start growing.

If a roof or plumbing leak allows water into your home, or your air conditioner is struggling to keep humidity under control, you may see a telltale discoloration in areas like the attic, around windows, ceilings or a bathroom shower stall. When it’s thriving, the fungi can cause respiratory problems in those with allergies or asthma, and if it’s not dealt with, it can also cause damage furnishings and your home’s structural components.

Bacteria Basics

Bacteria isn’t visible to the naked eye, and like mold, it’s found almost everywhere. A healthy immune system can handle most bacteria encountered in our homes, but some types can cause serious health issues, especially for the very young, the elderly, and those already fighting an illness.

How to Control Indoor Mold and Bacteria

If you discover a match of the fungi developing somewhere in your home, you need to take steps to get rid of it promptly before it can cause problems. Put on a dust or respirator mask and latex or rubber gloves and scrub the area with a mixture of liquid soap, baking soda and hot water. It’s equally important to fix any leaks where water enters your home, and take steps to reduce humidity, such as installing a whole-house dehumidifier.

To keep the growth of bacteria in check, establish a frequent cleaning routine with soap, hot water and bleach in the kitchen and bathrooms. You can also consider adding a UV air purifier to your home’s HVAC system to keep bacteria out of your air supply.

For more advice on ways to rid your Peachtree City home of mold or bacteria, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about bacteria and mold and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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