Mold Growth: Simple Prevention Methods – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
Mold growth in our homes is something that most of us will have to deal with at one point or another, but there are ways that we can lessen the severity of it. Simple lifestyle changes as well as a few extra dollars spent here and there will make sure that you keep any microbial growth that occurs in your home virtually non-existent. Here are just a few tips on how to keep mold growth at bay.
Fix Leaks: It’s a fact, houses leak. Windows, roofs, and pipes are all susceptible to problems with leaking. The key is to not let the issues go unnoticed or unattended. Make sure to check around your home during storms to make sure that you do not have water seeping in uninvited. Also make sure that you keep the pipes in your home in proper shape and perform the proper maintenance on them as need. Leaks that go unattended can create water damage, and will also contribute to conditions that are perfect for mold growth.
Use Mold Cleaning Products: There are a multitude of products out there that fight microbial growth including cleaning products as well as paints. Using products like, these, especially in areas that are prone to mold, such as bathrooms, will help prevent the growth from occurring. Also using anti-microbial paints or paint additions can assist in preventing the mold growth from starting in the areas in which it is used.
Pay Attention to the Humidity in Your Home: Depending on where you live, the humidity in your home can almost be as bad as the humidity outside. Try to keep the overall humidity in your home below 60%, but between 30% and 50% would be more ideal. And despite the cost, use your AC during the months when your area is the most humid. Also, if your home has a basement, make sure that you monitor the relative humidity and run a dehumidifier in it. Basements tend to stay damper than the rest of our homes, so skipping out on a dehumidifier can be a very costly mistake.
Properly Ventilate Your Home: Make sure that the areas in your home that are prone to the most moisture are properly ventilated so that the moisture can escape, and does not create an ideal environment for mold growth in your home. Showers, cooking areas, and laundry rooms are the most common areas that see mold growth and also require ventilation. Installing proper vents and fans is a great start. Remember, ventilate to the outside and never into the attic space.
As we have reiterated over and over again, mold growth is something that will more than likely occur in your home, but it is up to you how big of a problem it becomes. Following some of these simple mold prevention tips can help you keep your home mold free for longer, and can also help you keep a professional mold inspector out of your home. If you do have a mold problem, you may need to call someone in, but first check out our article on DIY mold removal to see if you can potentially take care of your mold issues on your own.