So the house I bought had a slight amount of mold. The apartment I was in apparently had a lot... I guess mold is a pest, it's alive and I don't want it in my house right?
The house has a little mold in the basement just along one wall, very little; the wall has water coming in because water is pooling at the foundation of the house, an issue I'll fix by correcting the gutter downspout (it dumps water at the foundation) and the grade of the back yard (it slopes toward the house). For now I've sprayed that mold with Moldex, and I've added a dehumidifier set to 45% to keep the area dry and hostile for mold.
Problem: when dry, mold spores.
A year ago I started itching like hell and developing tons of rashes. Found out the girls downstairs had visible mold growing from the ceiling, coming from my apartment. Now, with the basement in my house dehumidified, when I go down there I start developing rashes immediately. I need a shower and fresh clothes after a visit down there. There's no insulation, so I guess it could only be mold spores.
So currently, my plan is as follows:
- Add a filter to the furnace (I didn't put one in yet, not sure what size it takes)
- Add a HEPA filter of some kind (actual HEPA, at least MERV 5, preferably MERV 9 or higher) to the basement
- Regularly vacuum and occasionally steam-clean the carpet until I replace it with wood
- Regularly (every other day) wash the shikibuton cover, pillow covers, and blankets
Anti-histamines totally eliminate the reaction for about 6 days on one dose, but I should really remove the mold spores.
Is all this sensible?