Mold spores are common in indoor air and on surfaces in buildings like walls, fabrics, and furnishings. Over time, mold can cause severe damage to the structure of your home, but property damage is only one reason to be concerned. Mold is a health hazard that can cause allergic reactions, respiratory symptoms, and chronic illness with long-term exposure. Use these tips for preventing mold growth in your home.
Keep the Environment Clean and Dry for Preventing Growth Mold in the Home
While there is no method to completely rid your home of mold, keeping the environment clean and dry is the first step in mold prevention. Some products work better for mold, depending on the type of surface. Maintaining a regular cleaning routine is important for preventing mold growth.
Get a Dehumidifier to Prevent Mold in the Home
Humidity levels above 60% create a perfect environment for mold growth. While a dehumidifier won’t kill mold, it helps in preventing mold growth by keeping the air dry. High indoor humidity also makes getting rid of mold more difficult. When shopping for a dehumidifier, find one appropriate for the size of your space. Keep your dehumidifier clean and empty the reservoir regularly.
Prevent Mold by Using Ventilation Fans
Use your kitchen and bathroom vent fans anytime you are cooking, showering, or bathing. This improves air circulation and draws moist air out of your home. Ventilation fans reduce the humidity and help prevent mold growth in the home.
Insulate Pipes and Air Ducts to Help Prevent Mold Growth
Water pipes in the home can “sweat” condensation, creating a damp environment under your sink or in the walls. Wrap your pipes with pipe insulation foam or tape to prevent this. Likewise, the duct-work in your home is also subject to condensation, which creates an environment conducive to mold growth and damages your drywall. Your home’s ductwork should be wrapped tightly with a vapor barrier wrap to prevent condensation.
Catawba Island Home Inspections offers visual mold inspections to Northwest Ohio. Contact us to schedule an appointment.