That Works?! Why These Mold Prevention Tips Will Surprise You
It’s an issue in more than 50% of homes in the U.S. It can cause health issues. If its presence is severe enough, it can cost you thousands of dollars in home renovations. Yes, we’re talking about mold. But these surprisingly simple tips can help you prevent mold from growing in your home or business.
- Ventilate to let air circulate. Temperature changes can cause moisture levels to fluctuate and water to condense on surfaces in your home. You can prevent this excessive moisture in your home with proper ventilation. Open windows to let air in and use ceiling fans to keep air circulating and stop mold from becoming an issue. Using ceiling fans or exhaust fans are another good way to promote air circulation in your home.
- Maintain proper indoor humidity levels. Mold needs moisture to grow, so if your home humidity level is too high it is a breeding ground for excessive mold growth. Ideally, the EPA recommends homes be between 30% and 50% humidity in order to prevent mold growth and maximize air quality. If your home humidity level is more than 60%, there’s a good chance that mold growth can happen.
- Keep gutters clean and monitor outdoor drainage. Preventing mold growth inside your home can actually start by preventing outside issues. Make sure your home’s landscaping is designed to prevent water from pooling around your home and leaking into your foundation. Dirty or clogged gutters can also lead to excess water draining into your home through your siding, so make sure to keep gutters clean and flowing properly.
- Clean up spills. It’s a simple step, but one that many people often ignore: When there’s a water spill in your home, mop it up. Also, watch for other instances of water such as leaving wet clothes piled on the floor, wet carpeting, or even wet umbrellas. Eventually these small situations can lead to unpleasant smells and mold growth in as little as two days.
- Don’t ignore water leaks. Your home’s plumbing can be a troublesome source for mold growth. At least once a month, check all of your pipes to make sure there are no leaks. You should also look underneath your sinks, behind toilets, and in your basement for any signs of water leaks. Over time and if left unchecked, water leaks can cause serious mold issues and potential property damage.
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