With so many cases of homeowners complaining of mold, one has to wonder, can mold growth be prevented? Shockingly, yes it can, especially when you consider the things (food, moisture, and oxygen) mold requires to grow and thrive. While oxygen and food are pretty much everywhere, we are only left with moisture to control. To prevent the growth of mold, you should keep the humidity levels just right and sort out any water leakages.
Also, while mold can grow anywhere in a home, there are certain places that are frequent culprits of harboring mold. These are walls, carpets and of course the basement. You will need to pay extra attention to these areas.
While reading this you should note that there is nothing like a mold free environment, only a mold-safe environment since the mold spores are a part of oxygen. That said, below are some prevention tips you could employ.
Set your air conditioner to AUTO
Setting the air conditioner to on will have the fan run continuously. As the fan runs the moisture condensed on the coils when the fan cools does not drain to the outdoors. Instead, the moisture flows continuously throughout the house. Also, with time, as more moisture condenses on the unit’s evaporator coils, the moisture levels circulated increase gradually.
Employ exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom
Steam that is created when taking hot showers and cooking build up and condense on surfaces creating a damp environment which is perfect for mold growth. To keep this from happening, it is recommended that you use exhaust fans when cooking and taking hot showers. Afterward, leave the fan on for about 30 minutes. You should also make sure that the ventilation of the system is not directed into your attic as this will redirect the mold problem to your attic.
In the event you do not have ventilation systems in your home, open the windows when cooking and showering. Leave them open for 30 minutes after you are done.
Direct waters away from the house
If the water is not directed away from the house well, chances are the water will seep back into your basement and foundation. To better drain water away from the house, install gutters and clear out full gutters, create barriers and add some extensions to the downspouts dig trenches and build dry wells.
But in the event you notice mold in your home and before you take the above precautions, call in a professional to remove the existing mold. For this, you can contact us through our toll-free line or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our friendly customer care is more than ready to attend to you. If you need a quote, you can fill out an estimate form.