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April 11, 2014 / patrickbelhon

Steps for Preventing Mold in Your Home by Patrick Belhon

Top Ways to Ward Off Mold in Your Home

How to prevent mold - Photo taken by Patrick Belhon all rights reserved 2014

Mold is a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean it should feel welcome in your home. By the time you see mold growing, you’ve got a real problem on your hands. Don’t worry, though. There are ways to drastically reduce the risk of ending up with a serious mold problem. By taking a few preventative steps, you can keep the problem from occurring in the first place, which is vastly preferable to trying to deal with it later.

  • Identify and Correct Mold Breeding Grounds in Your Home – Mold thrives on moisture, so carefully inspect every part of your home for damp, moist conditions. If you find any, correct whatever is causing the problem. Common culprits include leaks in pipes, roofs and foundations.
  • Ventilate Your Home – Use exhaust fans in moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Vent appliances like stoves and dryers to the outdoors.
  • Use a Dehumidifier – If certain areas of your home are particularly prone to humidity, use a dehumidifier. This is often an issue in basements.
  • Handle Wetness Immediately – Never leave damp towels or clothes on floors. When spills occur, clean them up right away. If your bathroom is especially wet after showering, use an old rag to wipe down damp tile and shower curtains. For even better results, use a mold-killing product to clean up those areas too.
  • Monitor Humidity Levels – According to the EPA, the ideal humidity level for a home falls between 30 and 60 percent. Moisture meters are inexpensive and can be picked up at home improvement stores. Invest in a few to ensure that humidity levels stay in check.
  • Use Mold-Resistant Products when Performing Home Improvements – Use home improvement projects as opportunities to further reduce the risk of mold. For instance, use mold-blocking primer when painting. When new sheetrock or drywall is needed, stick with products that are designed to inhibit the growth of mold. Paperless drywall is a prime example.
  • Repair and Clean Gutters – If you have a persistent problem with dampness in attics, chances are that your gutters need some attention.
  • Direct Water Away from the Home – Gutters do a lot of the work of directing water away from the home, but make sure that water isn’t pooling up near the foundation. If it is, take steps to route it away.
  • Promote Airflow in the Home – When air is able to circulate freely through the home, mold is much less likely to take root. Use ceiling fans to keep it moving. Keep interior doors, including closet doors, open as much as possible. Try to keep furniture away from walls as well.

Even after taking all of these steps, you may still find mold in your home. Something is causing it, and it’s well worth it to bring in the professionals to figure out what it is, so make sure to do so.

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