We all know mold can be quite the menace: causing damage to your home and producing allergens & irritants that compromise your personal health.
Considering that mold can grow virtually anywhere, it may seem impossible to keep it from flourishing in your home. The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is musty odors that never fade, unsightly stains on the walls and never-ending health problems stemming from mold allergies.
Of course, the best approach would be preventing mold growth before it starts, but how?
Here are 9 steps you can take to prevent mold growth in your home:
Keep clutter to a minimum.
Aside from eating up space, clutter hinders airflow and prevents proper airflow throughout your home. Move furniture and drapes away from vents and grilles to keep the air circulating.
Control indoor climate.
Mold issues often arise during hot, humid summers. If you live in an area with high humidity, make sure you set the air conditioner to a temperature that will cool your home, but won’t cause condensation or send energy bills through the roof. Setting the thermostat to 78 degrees will keep moisture at bay and maximize energy efficiency – just make sure you shut your doors and windows while it’s running.
Shut doors & windows during wet seasons.
Be sure that you keep windows and doors closed during wet or rainy weather conditions to avoid moisture entering the environment.
Don’t overuse your humidifier.
Excessive use of a humidifier can contribute to conditions favorable for moisture build-up and mold growth. If you’re using a humidifier and notice water condensation on your windows, walls or pictures, then you may want to move it or turn it off.
Fix Leaks ASAP.
Failing to address water leaks in a timely fashion will lead to water damage and create the perfect breeding grounds for mold.
Keep your roof gutters in good repair.
A mold problem may be stemming from a roof leak caused by full or damaged gutters, so have your roof gutters cleaned and inspected for damage on a regular basis.
Monitor indoor humidity.
Indoor humidity should be between 30-50%, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If you’re not sure what the humidity level is inside your home, a quick trip to the local hardware store to pick up a Hygrometer will help figure it out.
Verify that water drains AWAY from your home.
Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
Use mold-resistant products when possible.
Planning on doing some home renovations? Use mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock and mold inhibitors for paints to prevent moisture absorption, which ultimately prevents mold growth.
Do you have any other tips on how to prevent mold growth in your home? Share them below!