If you have read our posts on some of the common causes for mold growth in homes, then you are probably wondering what you can do to prevent mold from even starting. Read today’s post for some tips on how to prevent mold growth, and then call Yaeger Environmental Services to see how we can help with all of your home improvement projects.
IDENTIFY VULNERABLE AREAS
Mold occurs almost everywhere in nature, so while you can’t make your home mold-proof, you can make your home mold-resistant. One of the first things you should do is take an inventory of your home’s vulnerable spots. For example — what are the areas that tend to be more susceptible to moisture buildup, is your basement prone to flooding, or do you notice frequent condensation on the inside of windows? Once you have a completed inventory, you can begin to prioritize the items on the list and make sure that each one is properly addressed. While the upfront cost of fixing each problem area might be a bit high, you will be glad that you chose to address it while it was still a small problem, rather than a massive renovation problem.
DON’T IGNORE WET AREAS
Moisture is one of the primary ingredients that mold needs to begin forming and growing. When you notice moisture, whether it’s condensation or standing water, don’t procrastinate on thoroughly drying out the area. If you use a humidifier in your home, try to keep it to just below 55 percent. Percentages higher than this will help to provide a great environment for mold to grow. Another potentially problematic area you should pay attention to is wet clothing left in a heap on the floor. Make sure to throw those in the dryer, or on a line outside right away. Your clothes dryer will send the moisture outside through the ventilation system and clothes that dry on a line outside release the moisture directly into the air. Both of these options are equally good for helping to keep excess moisture outside of your home.
Sometimes the easiest solution is the best one. For example, if moisture builds up in your bathroom as you shower or wash your face, make sure to turn on the vent fan or open the bathroom window. Even when it is cold outside, a cracked window can help to release the excess moisture without making your bathroom too chilly. If you observe that steam tends to build up in your kitchen due to the layout of the space, then you should make sure to place a floor fan in or near the kitchen to help circulate the air and dissipate the steam buildup from cooking and cleaning.
Keeping your home mold-resistant is a critical piece in maintaining the good health of your family. While no home can ever be mold-proof, there are steps you can take to make sure that your home does not provide a welcome environment in which mold can grow. For all of your home improvement and mold remediation questions, be sure to contact Yaeger Environmental Services and learn how we can help.