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 Tuesday, May 26, 2020     Laurence Mongeau     House and Home

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Whether you like it or not, you probably have mould quietly lurking in your home. When it finds a damp place to grow, it can contribute to poor indoor air quality and health problems.

To eliminate mould, clean affected areas that are less than the size of a standard large garbage bag folded in half (1 square metre). Put on protective wear including a long-sleeved shirt, appropriate and properly fitted dust mask, safety glasses or goggles and rubber gloves. These items are generally available in local stores.

Prepare a bucket with water and a bit of dish detergent (preferably unscented) and another with clean water. If you’re cleaning drywall, you can use baking soda instead of dish detergent. Use this solution to clean the surface.

To prevent mould from growing in your home, follow these simple steps:

Look for damp spots. Check basements, closets, windowsills, roofs and around sinks, tubs and pipes.

Fix damp spots right away. Repair any water leaks as soon as you notice them. Clean up immediately after any flood.

Keep your home well ventilated. Open windows in dry weather or use fans as needed and turn on your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans when cooking or showering. Let the fan run for a few minutes after you’re done. Make sure your clothes dryer, stove, kitchen and bathroom fans all vent to the outdoors.

Seal tubs and sinks. Make sure the seal is tight, so water doesn't leak into the walls.

Throw out basement clutter. Cardboard boxes and old clothes are great places for mould to grow.

Reduce humidity. Keep humidity low, about 50 per cent in summer and 30 per cent in colder weather. If needed, use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce humidity levels. You can use a hygrometer – an inexpensive tool available at most hardware stores – to measure humidity.

Clean often. Regularly clean and disinfect anything that holds water, like humidifiers, de-humidifiers and air conditioners.

If you have a lot of mould, (greater than 1 square metre), if it comes back after repeated cleanings or a family member suffers from asthma or other respiratory problems as a result of mould, consider hiring a professional to clean it up. Remember, a large amount of mould is often the result of a bigger problem, like a leak in the foundation or a major flood, which you may need a professional to help fix.

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Leslie Quinsay
  July 12, 2024

Laurence is wonderful to work with and always goes above and beyond! She has helped us in both the buying and selling processes multiple times. Highly recommend.

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Gail Alteen
  May 28, 2024

Just want to say thank you for your hard work and dedication in getting my home sold. You were very organized, professional and honest. It was a pleasure to work with you.

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  May 27, 2024

Laurence is an exceptional real estate agent. She is professional, knowledgeable, and attentive to my needs. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great agent. Thank you, Laurence!

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  May 21, 2024

Laurence worked diligently at following up with each person who viewed the property... always available to let me know what kind of feedback she was receiving. No matter when, there is only one person I will ever deal with to buy or sell real estate, and that is most definitely LAURENCE MONGEAU!

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