Mold can oftentimes be harmless, when found outdoors. However, when it grows undetected in your home, it can be very harmful. Mold spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated, and some forms of mold can make people very sick. The best approach to eliminate the problems that mold brings to your home is to prevent mold growth in the first place.
Understanding what items in your home are common sources of mold is a good starting point to preventing it. Paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products that have been exposed to moisture encourage the growth of certain molds. It can also grow in dust, lint, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet and upholstery. This may sound like a lot, but the key to mold prevention is moisture control; not allowing these items to get wet or stay wet. Here are some steps you can take in your home to hopefully prevent mold.
Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Look at factors such as if your basement is prone to flooding, or if you notice frequent condensation on any windows. Mold prevention can be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. It may even be necessary to do some waterproofing in certain rooms prone to moisture.
Dry wet areas immediately. Tackle wet areas within 24-48 hours. If you’ve experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can’t be completely dried.
Install proper ventilation. Make sure that when you are cooking dinner, taking a shower, doing a load of laundry, etc. that these activities don’t invite mold. Providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture areas will help steam escape and prevent moisture buildup.
Equip your home with mold-resistant products. If you are building a home, or remodeling, it’s a great idea to use mold-resistant products such as drywall or Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints.
These are just a few things you can do to prevent mold growth in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as temperatures drop, the air in your home is able to hold less moisture. So, other steps you can take to prevent mold is to monitor your home’s humidity level, direct water away from your home with proper landscaping, clean or repair roof gutters, and improve air flow in your home.
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