We are all aware that mold growth in our homes is a serious problem that can not only cause damage to the home, but it can also be a health hazard to you and your family. It is important to remove mold as quickly as possible.
Here are some tips on dealing with and preventing mold problems:
Do Routine Mold Checks
Mold can form on anything, whether it is hidden in your walls or wallpaper, or in your carpet, or in your clothes as they hang in your closets, or on your blankets as they are stored in your linen closet. Therefore, it is important that you check for mold on a regular basis so that it can be dealt with.
Use the Right Drywall
Purchase mold-resistant drywall and mold inhibitors in your paints to avoid mold growth behind or on the drywall. If you do discover mold behind walls and in the floor, don’t remove it yourself. Call a professional to safely remove it with minimal damage.
Remember, Safety First
If you want to try to remove mold yourself, first, educate yourself on how to prevent health risks, and be sure to wear safety goggles. However, know your limits, and, if necessary, realize that spending the money to get rid of the mold is necessary and best left to a professional company.
Use a Moisture Meter
Monitor humidity in your home with a moisture meter that determines the humidity level, which is recommended to be between 30% and 50%. Depending on the climate you live in, it can be difficult to keep your home within that range. Consider purchasing a dehumidifier if you live in a particularly humid climate. If you use a humidifier for your health, be aware that it can leave moisture behind so make sure to monitor it and turn it off when not needed.
Check For Water Damage
It may cost you some money upfront, but have a professional correct and remove any major problems that could cause mold to form such as water leaking through the ceiling, or flooding in the basement, or if the foundation accumulates large amounts of water. Those can lead to water damage and mold growth. In the long run, prevention is cheaper than repair.
Keep the Air Flowing
Maintain proper ventilation throughout, which can be aided by running your air conditioner, or at least an exhaust fan when you are taking a shower or cooking in the kitchen. Circulate the flow of air throughout your home by keeping furniture away from the walls and keeping the doors between rooms open. Vent your clothes dryer to the outside and check it regularly to reduce the chance of mold growing.
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