How To Prevent Mold In Your Home
Just saying the word mold makes people cringe. Some mold can be good but it can also be very bad, especially when it is growing in your home undetected. Mold can grow anywhere, from your carpet to food to paper and also places you may not be able to see such as the backside of drywall, above ceiling tiles or around inside walls that are leaking. A mold problem can be difficult and costly to fix. The best approach to mold is preventing it before it becomes a problem.
- Identify the problem areas in your home and correct them. Even though you can’t completely mold proof your home, you can make it mold resistant. Perform an audit on your home. Find out if you have a leaky pipe causing a water stain or if the basement floods.
- Immediately dry wet areas. Mold can’t grow without moisture, so when you spot wet areas clean it up right away. If you experience a flood, remove any water- damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can’t be completely dried out.
- Have proper ventilation to prevent moisture. Make sure that any in home activity such as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing laundry doesn’t invite mold into your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room or any other high-moisture rooms with proper ventilation.
- Install mold-resistant products in your home. If you are building a new home or renovating an old one, look into putting mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant sheetrock and mold inhibitors for paint.
- Monitor the humidity inside your home. It is recommended by the EPA that you keep the indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent.
- Direct any water away from your home. Water may collect in your basement or crawlspace if the area around your home isn’t sloped away from the foundation.
- Clean and/or repair your roof gutters. Have your gutters cleaned and inspected for damage regularly.
- Improve the airflow in your home. As the temperature drops, the air is able to hold less moisture. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls and open doors to closets.
If you have a mold issue or have questions regarding mold in your home call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus and we can send a professional estimator to assist.