What products can you use to seal out mould?

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What products can you use to seal out mould?
Mould growth will lower the value of your home. (mould on petrified wood image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Mould is a fungus that is responsible for decaying organic matter such as food or plant material. Though it is a necessary part of the cycle of life in nature, mould can be a nuisance when it grows in or on a home. It can destroy furniture, carpets and wood siding and can cause serious health issues. There are several products that help homeowners seal out mould. Sealing out mould is especially important in homes in damp climates that are susceptible to mould growth.

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Mould resistant paint

Mould resistant paint contains mould- and mildew-prevention chemicals, which help keep interior or exterior walls mould free. Manufacturers of mould resistant paints generally guarantee that the wall will remain mould-free as long as the paint is intact. However, because mould resistant paints do not contain any mould-killing agents, they will only work when all of the mould has been removed from the wall prior to painting it. Remove the mould from the wall with a 3:1 water and bleach mixture before painting it with mould resistant paint, according to Paint Pro. Outdoor mould resistant paint contains the maximum amount of mould-prevention chemicals that safety standards will allow. Indoor mould resistant paints use weaker mould-prevention chemicals that are also commonly used in kitchen and bathroom appliances.

Mould resistant shower curtains

Some shower curtain manufacturers use Ultra-fresh to help mould from penetrating their products. Ultra-fresh is a chemical antimicrobial treatment that limits the growth and reproduction of mould by attacking the cells of the mould. These mould resistant shower curtains seal mould out of your shower. By preventing mould from growing in a shower curtain, homeowners are also ensuring that there is a lower mould spore count in their bathroom than if they used a regular shower curtain. This is especially important for those with a mould allergy or asthma, pregnant women, or the elderly who are more susceptible to the negative effects of mould growth.

Mould air filters

Mould air filters prevent microscopic mould spores from spreading throughout a home or building. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters trap 99.97 per cent of these spores. This is an especially important way of sealing out mould as it is the mould spores and not necessarily mould growth that causes negative health effects. This is also important for homeowners to use if their basement or laundry room is connected to their home ventilation system. This is because mould commonly grows in damp and warm parts of a house. HEPA filters can be used in air purifiers, ventilation systems, air-intake systems or even in personal dust masks.

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