Mold… It has its place in the world, like in helping to break down organic matter or produce penicillin. But in your home? No thanks. Removing mold after it has gotten a foothold can be a time-consuming project. A much better strategy is to take steps to prevent it from growing in the first place.
Below are some actions you can take to put out the unwelcome mat for mold.
Ensure proper ventilation. Keeping your home properly ventilated prevents the accumulation of moisture, and moisture is what mold needs to thrive. This is especially important in areas where water is used: bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, etc. Always vent to the outside if possible rather than to an attic or other space.
Use a dehumidifier if needed. Experts recommend that you keep indoor humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a meter purchased at a hardware store. You’ll also know that humidity is too high and the conditions are ripe for mold if you see condensation on windows, pipes, walls, etc.
Dry wet areas promptly. Whether the source of the wetness is a leak, a spill, or flooding, drying the area promptly will prevent mold from taking root. Even leaving wet clothes on the floor or allowing water that has splashed out of the tub or shower to pool will give mold an opportunity to grow.
Use mold-resistant products. Special drywall designed for use in bathrooms is one example of a product made to resist or prevent mold growth. In some cases, those products may cost a little more, but it can be money well spent.
Keep gutters and lawn drainage systems working properly. Moving water reliably and effectively away from your home can prevent it from making its way into places like attics and basements where it becomes a breeding ground for mold.
Prevent mold on houseplants. Houseplants are both beautiful to look at and great natural air filters. But, the moist soil they need to thrive is a great habitat for mold. Taheebo tea is a substance that has natural anti-fungal properties. Adding a bit to the water you give your plants can help keep mold at bay.
Do regular mold patrols. Taking the steps above will certainly help you defend your home from mold. But doing a quick inspection of mold-prone spaces in your home (or, ideally your entire home) is a great way to ensure your defenses are holding or to give you a heads up if they’re not.
While you can’t make your home 100% mold-proof, you can, with a little time and effort, make it highly mold-resistant. Whatever your mold problem, it should not be taken lightly. Ultimately, you need an expert to make sure your home is clean and safe. Call JMC for all your mold inspection and remediation needs.