While mold is always a health and property value concern, Maui’s tropical weather brings many fungi dangers when compared to dryer places. There are two reasons why Maui is especially vulnerable to fungi damage: (1) temperature and (2) humidity. This post will both investigate the causes and remedies to mold-related problems.
Mold Related Danger
As an asthmatic growing up in Hawaii, I understand the dangers of mold first hand. Often people will live as victims of mold suffering health issues for many years before realizing their elements are mold-related. The trouble from mold can be like the metaphor of the frog in the boiling pot. A victim of mold may take a very long time to realize there is a problem. In comparison, many have easily observable symptoms. If you are having an issue with mold, the hope is that this post will help you. Preventing mold problems in Maui poses quite a challenge.
A Maui resident cannot prevent mold spores from entering the home. Mold spores are always around everywhere on the planet. If you open your doors or windows, mold will get in. If you keep your doors and windows closed, pre-residing mold will multiply.
How to Combat Mold
Beware of Condensation
Condensation can build up on metal pipes or concrete walls. In Hawaii, condensation tends to accumulate in the least used rooms like closets. Closets tend to be the least ventilated. If you live in some of the colder places of the island like Kula, condensation tends to accumulate along windows overnight. Make sure window condensation has the opportunity to dry during the day.
Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers. If mold was the only consideration, running fans indoors all day and night would be great at preventing mold. However, electricity is a substantial consideration. In order to keep your alliances running more frequently with less cost, it’s worth the investment to get your system inspected by a professional air conditioning and ventilation specialist to make sure you are using the best possible setup.
Mold Resistant Materials
While using wood as an internal building material is a popular choice. Many new alternative materials are are aesthetically comparable, while being more cost-effective (especially in the long term).
Make airflow a priority in your home. Careful when lining too much furniture along walls. If you use drop carpets, clean them often and clean beneath them. While cleaning, leave drawers and cabinets open. In general, try to keep the doors open throughout your house to keep air from getting stale. Open windows. If you have a fan in your bathroom, it’s perfectly okay to leave the fan running, even if no one has used said bathroom recently. If your home has a kitchen fan, it’s okay to leave it on when not cooking as well. While airflow and cleaning are paramount, direct sunlight is also great at making areas inhospitable for mold.
Clean Dust and Dirt
Dust in homes is usually comprised mostly of organic material. This organic material creates a situation where the mold will grow more prominently. Keep your home clean, especially in the places which are not visually obvious.
Inspect Your Home
Did you just weather an unprecedented storm? Make sure to check likely spots for unwanted water build-up. Have a new appliance? Make sure your new refrigerator does not cause increased condensation build-up. Also, it’s good just to stay familiar with your residence and inspect it regularly for mold causes.