Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home: Tips and Tricks

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, mold is a common problem in many homes and buildings, and it's important to address any mold issues as soon as they are discovered. But preventing mold growth in the first place is even better. Here are some tips and tricks for preventing mold growth in your home:

Control humidity levels: Mold thrives in damp environments, so it's important to keep humidity levels in your home low. Use a dehumidifier in damp areas like basements and bathrooms, and keep an eye on the humidity level with a hygrometer. Aim for a humidity level between 30-50%.

Fix leaks and drips: Leaks and drips in your plumbing, window leaks or roof leaks can create a perfect environment for mold to grow. Be sure to fix any leaks or drips as soon as you notice them.

Improve ventilation: Good ventilation helps prevent mold growth by allowing air to circulate and dry out damp areas. Use exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen, and open windows when weather permits. Make sure you HVAC system is working correctly and you have good airflow throughout your entire home Even with elevated moisture it is harder for mold to grow if you have very good air flow in each are of home. For example we often see an otherwise clean and dry home where mold growth occurs in a closet simply because there is a lack of proper air conditioning and proper airflow.

Clean and maintain your HVAC system: Your HVAC system can circulate mold spores throughout your home if it's not properly maintained. Make sure to clean or replace filters regularly and schedule regular maintenance. Duct cleaning will also help remove mold spores as well as dust, dirt and particulates which may affect your indoor air quality.

Keep an eye out for mold: Regularly inspect your home for mold, especially in damp or humid areas like basements, crawl spaces, closets, bathrooms, and kitchens.

By following these tips and tricks, you can help prevent mold growth in your home and keep your family safe and healthy. Remember, if you do find mold, it's important to address the issue as soon as possible and hire a professional mold removal company to handle the problem.