Have you encountered any slimy black spots, fuzzy white patches or slick orange film where moisture may have resided? Mold is not only unpleasant, it can greatly irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs; and actually make you sick.
Reducing moisture is the best way to help eliminate mold growth. If there is already mold growing in your home, it’s important to identify what is causing the dampness. If you clean up the mold but don’t fix the root cause, the mold is likely to return. Here are some simple steps to achieve mold prevention in your home.
Mold Prevention Around the House
Mold prevention should be actively sought in all areas of the house. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners are very helpful, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air. It’s best to keep indoor humidity below 60%, which can be measured with a hygrometer.
Check that your air conditioning drip pans are clean and that drain lines are flowing properly.
Adding insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation is also helpful.
Make sure to attend to leaks immediately and check that your ground level slopes away from your house. If water enters from the exterior when it is not meant to and the issue is not managed, what was once a minor fix can become extensive. Homeowners insurance specialists may be needed to call on when mold issues have gone too far.
You can also have a contractor check your heating and cooling system, ensuring it’s operating properly. With incorrect airflow or a system that’s too large, it will not be able to remove humidity like it should.
It is best to keep doors open between rooms to increase circulation. Using fans and moving furniture from wall corners also helps.
In the Kitchen
Use exhaust fans to help navigate moisture outside while cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning in the kitchen.
Pay attention to what appliances cause moisture and don’t leave them on for extended periods of time.
Be sure to look for any leaks near the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other water sources to make necessary repairs in a timely manner.
Also, stay up on cleaning out refrigerator drip pans regularly, and mold prevention in the kitchen should be easily attained.
In the Laundry Room
Always vent your clothes dryer outside and ensure it’s clear of obstructions, such as lint. It is important that the vent is in good condition, free of any air leaks or damage, and cleaned at least once a year.
Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry dryer (or anywhere) as promptly drying them helps prevent mold from developing.
Use bathroom exhaust fans to wick moisture to the outside (away from the attic).
Opt for area rugs rather than wall-to-wall carpeting, as rugs can be removed and cleaned thoroughly. Check for leaks near sinks and tubs so any issues can be repaired as soon as possible.
If possible, open a window while showering for better ventilation and avoid leaving damp towels around.
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