If you notice that there is mold in your home, it’s something you want to handle as soon as possible. However, even if you don’t currently have mold, it can creep up on you. That’s why it’s a good idea to put in place some mold prevention tips to prevent mold and mildew from growing throughout your home.
So, use the tips below to avoid mold. But if there is already mold in your home, reach out to a professional mold remediation company.
Consider Using a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is a tool that can be used to remove extra moisture from the air. A portable model can be used in small areas or you can purchase one for the entire home for a bit more. This attaches to your HVAC system and has a drain so there’s no need to empty it. This is the best option if you are dealing with a lot of humidity.
Check for Standing Water
Sometimes, appliances in the home will create pools of water. When that water sits around, it can lead to mold. Chronic moisture or standing water will increase the humidity in the house and could cause mold to grow fast. Look for water near freezers, sump pumps, water tanks, windows, basement doors, and refrigerators.
Another place to look is crawl spaces where there may be foundation leaks or groundwater.
Watch the Humidity
A humidity monitor is an excellent way to keep up to date on how much moisture is in your home. The ideal number is somewhere between 35% and 50% but it could go higher in high humidity areas. Anything above about 60% means there is likely a problem and above 70%, mold can start to grow in the home.
A basic model might be only $20 or so while the models that track several rooms can be $100 or more.
Close Windows When the Air Conditioner is Running
When the AC is on and you open doors and windows, the cold air goes outside, the warm air comes inside, and you lose money on energy. It also leads to condensation, which is a major trigger of mold. Keep the windows and doors closed when you use the air conditioner. It’s also a good idea to set the temperature higher than usual when you’re away. However, don’t let it get too hot, or heat and humidity rise and can lead to mold.
Get Rid of Clutter
Keep an eye on all the items around your home and declutter when things are piling up. Clutter can prevent airflow and keep your HVAC from moving air around the house. Curtains and furniture that block grilles can also create condensation. Move furniture away from vents, toss things you don’t need, and run fans on hot days so air moves.
Call RidAway for Mold Remediation Services
Are you concerned that mold is in your home? The professional mold remediation experts from RidAway can inspect your home and see what’s going on. Then, we’ll make sure all the mold is gone and your home is in great shape without a chance of more mold growing in the future.
When you’re ready to set up a free consultation, reach out to us. We’ll make sure your home is free of mold and safe to spend time in.