If you're from Iowa, maybe you have heard that the governor had to move out of his mansion for a little while. I was at work on Friday when a friend sent me an article about it, and I really was shocked. It turns out that the reason Governor Branstad and his wife had to move out of the mansion was that there was black mold in the residence.
This got me thinking about what can be done to prevent black mold from developing in my house, so I did a little bit of research. According to the EPA, "The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture."
It turns out that mold can develop in a house for a number of reasons, but it all comes back to wetness in the home. If you're worried about fungus growing in your house, there are a few things you can do.
First, watch out for leaks in your home. When a leak happens, evidence of it usually shows up on wet floors or water-damaged walls or ceilings. If you spot a leak, make sure to fix it right away, as mold or other damage to your house is likely if it goes untreated.
Another good way to keep your home dry is to be sure to clean up basement floods right away. These are a common problem in much of the United States, and mold can begin to grow on walls or floors if water is left standing for a long period of time. Diligent cleaning of the water and drying of the basement can keep you from having a mold problem.
But sometimes mold just grows because a part of your house is too humid. A dehumidifier can help to take moisture right out of the air and keep condensation from making mold in your house. The article I read didn't say what had caused the mold in the governor's house, but if he had followed this advice, maybe it wouldn't have happened at all.