Most homeowners dread the thought of having to deal with a mold problem. However, by practicing some simple prevention tips, you can greatly reduce your mold risks.
While it is impossible to eliminate all molds and spores from the air, it is possible to control indoor moisture, and therefore curb mold growth in your home. The key to mold prevention is moisture control. Review the following guidance for mold prevention recommendations.
Be on the lookout for condensation and wet spots in your home and fix the source(s) of the moisture as soon as possible.
Prevent moisture buildup from condensation by increasing the temperature and adding insulation or air circulation in your home.
Reduce the humidity in the air by repairing leaks, increasing ventilation (if the outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidifying (if the outside air is hot and humid).
Maintain an indoor humidity level below 70%.
Keep air conditioning, heating system, and dehumidifier drip pans empty, flowing properly and unobstructed.
Water leaks and spills should be cleaned, dried out, and repaired (if needed) within 48 hours.
Vent moisture-generating appliances such as clothes dryers outside, if possible.
Vent your kitchen and bathrooms when cooking and bathing by using exhaust fans.
Identify Problem Areas
Be sure to pinpoint areas where leaks have occurred in the past and identify the cause of those leaks. Then, take preventative measures to ensure that they do not occur again. In doing so, you can help eliminate problem areas in within your home and minimize the likelihood of mold appearing.