February 19, 2022

It’s no secret that mold in a home can create a whole host of problems. It can ruin walls, furniture, and flooring, as well as sentimental items that have been left in damp storage. Even worse, it can create health problems for you or your family. There are many things you can do, however, to prevent mold from entering your home or getting it removed right away if it starts to creep in.

Easy Ways to Prevent Mold Intrusion

Some of the best ways to prevent mold are quick, easy strategies that you might already be doing.

  • Ventilation - First, makes sure that damp areas of your home are well-ventilated. Bathrooms should always have fans going when the hot water from a shower or bath is being run, and if there is no fan available, make sure to open a window, or vice versa. If you are unlucky enough to have a bathroom without an internal fan or window, keep the door open if you can so that the water vapor has a place to escape. Laundry rooms are essential to keep ventilated, too. Washing machines and dryers emit heat, and dirty laundry is often wet or damp, and when these combine, it’s a recipe for mold. Make sure to keep doors or windows open when you are doing laundry, or place a fan in the room.
  • Leaks - If you have leaky pipes or a leak in the roof, fix these right away! As a homeowner, you know that leaving a problem until later can just mean more money and stress down the road for an even bigger fix. Mold is no different. Even if you are renting, you can call your landlord the second you notice a problem, and it is within your rights to have it fixed in a timely manner. (While you’re waiting, make sure to soak up or collect the leaky water and replace towels or buckets often.)
  • Air Quality   - Get a humidifier for the whole home, even if this means more than one unit. Dehumidifiers reduce the moisture content in the air, making your home less hospitable to mold. Humidity levels between 30% and 50% are ideal healthy conditions. Remember that humidity levels change as the day goes on, as well as have different seasonal patterns, so check your levels often. An air conditioner during the summer is also essential, especially if you live in a humid area.
  • Floor Coverings. - Think carefully about where you have carpets or rugs. Carpet is very good at holding moisture, as you can’t lift it and make sure it’s completely dry underneath. Don’t use it in bathrooms or basements, and wherever you have area rugs, lift them often to make sure the floor underneath is not harboring any moisture.
  • Trust the Experts - If you are worried about mold in your home, call the mold specialists in your area to have your home assessed. There is no price on peace of mind! Even if there isn’t mold in your home, the experts will be able to let you know if the steps you are taking are sufficient and might give you some extra tips to stay safe. 

Contact RidAway today to clean your home of this intruder and make it safe and healthy again.