Dealing with Mould: Removal and Prevention

It's no secret that living in Vancouver, BC involves having to adapt to the rainy weather. The homes in West Vancouver and North Vancouver are surrounded by lush forests, which can lead to the accumulation of moisture and mold within their walls during the cooler months of the year. Keep reading to learn more about how you can get rid of the mould in your house and prevent it from coming back in the future. 

Mould is a common problem in households, and its impact on human health and property can vary depending on the type of mould present. There are numerous varieties of household mould, and each can have a distinct effect or level of risk. Regardless of whether it is black, pink, or green, it is crucial to tackle all types of mold in your home, as it can be invasive and pose a threat, especially to individuals who have respiratory issues. It should not be ignored because it can also damage wood, drywall, and textiles. 

Since mould is a living organism that needs moisture to survive, it will most likely spread if left unchecked. You'll need to take quick and aggressive steps to remedy once you've identified the signs of mould and determined the root cause. 

Start by giving the affected area a thorough cleaning with bleach, borax, or another solution that is safe to use. Clean kitchen sinks, wipe off shower walls, and wash counters as needed to stop regrowth. Make sure your crawl spaces, basements, and other areas have enough ventilation, and that you have adequate exhaust fans in  your kitchen and bathrooms.  Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help remove excess humidity when the weather gets warmer. Installing a high-quality air filter can help prevent spores from spreading throughout the house. Lastly, if repainting, make sure to choose paint that is mould-resistant. 

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