|Winter Depression by Ramzi Hashisho|
widespread phenomenon has been widely diagnosed as seasonal affective disorder,
which comes from the lack of light during the winter solstice. As a writer, I get seasonal affective disorder because I’m indoors all the time. Or so I thought. Research
suggests, though, that there may be another, overlooked, cause for winter
team found that people with moldy homes were 40% more likely to be depressed
than those who did not have mold in their homes. This finding is not surprising
since household mold has been found to be toxic to humans, causing neurological
disorders of many different degrees.
increase of household mold, making winter the prime time for mold-related
depression. The best way to avoid this type of depression is removal and
prevention of mold throughout the home.
mold growth in your home during moist winter months can be a challenge, but it
can be done with a little perseverance.
keep the rooms in your home well ventilated. Use the ventilation fan in your
bathroom during baths and showers or use the heat lamp to dry up any steam. Turn
on the over-the-stove vent when cooking cold weather stews and soups to rid
your home of the steam from the pots.
all standing water. Condensation on walls and windowsills should be wiped dry
on a regular basis to prevent mold growth. A dehumidifier is a good investment
if you often find condensation around your home. It will bring humidity levels below
60% and eliminate the problem.
are an ideal home for mold. Clean up spills on carpets immediately, getting the
area as dry as possible.
discolorations on objects. It can be powdery, furry, of slick in texture
depending on the type of mold and where it is growing. If you already have mold
in your home, it can be removed with simple household products.
the New Mexico chapter the American Society of Home Inspectors, for help. He suggests making
a hydrogen peroxide solution to kill mold on non-porous surfaces. Combine one part hydrogen peroxide and three
parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the mold and wipe with a
dry, disposable cloth.
household solution to mold, says Dooley, is to make a paste with borax powder and
a little bit of water. Use the paste to scrub the surface infected with mold
and rinse away the residue.
chemical to avoid that is commonly used to battle mold is bleach. “Bleach does
not kill mold,” says Dooley.
in with the cold and affect your freelance work. Make mold removal part of your winterizing routine to feel