The growth of mold inside a home can cause members of a family to experience allergies, breathing problems, headaches, and more. Mold needs a warm, moist environment to grow. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent mold growth in your home.
Clean Wet Areas Right Away
Since moisture is a requirement for mold growth, drying wet spots can keep it from getting a foothold in your home. For instance, if you see water leaking in through a window and pooling on the sill, dry the spot right away. Then, take steps to seal the window with caulk or another product to prevent water from coming in. If you have a leaky pipe beneath a bathroom sink, it's important to turn off the water and dry the wet area. Then, you can fix the leak to prevent more water from ending up on the floor of your bathroom cabinet.
Maintain Proper Ventilation
Proper ventilation can prevent mold growth in many areas of the home. For instance, running a fan in your bathroom after someone takes a shower causes the air to circulate, drying moisture on tile, walls, and floors. Also, check to make sure that the vent attached to your clothes dryer is clear and moving moist air out of your home. Sometimes, it's necessary to get your dryer vent cleaned due to a buildup of lint, dust, and other debris that can block the moist air from leaving your home. Turn on the fan above your stove when boiling water or otherwise using the burners. On warm days, open a window or patio door to allow air to circulate throughout your home!
Use Mold-Resistant Products
Put some mold-resistant items in your home. For example, if you're putting down new carpeting, look for a brand that is mildew-resistant. Mold-resistant drywall is also available. Check the label on the next can of paint you buy to see if it is mold-resistant. There are many cleaning products for bathroom tile and kitchen floors that have ingredients in them that help fight mold.
Check for Proper Drainage Outside Your Home
Any moisture in a basement is an invitation for mold growth. If your basement tends to flood during big storms, you may need to create a new system of drainage in your yard that moves rainwater away from your basement. Also, repairing or replacing leaky gutters can help to efficiently direct rain or melting snow away from your home.
Check the Humidity
A humid atmosphere in your home can prompt mold growth. Running a dehumidifier can help with this problem. But don't let that moisture go to waste. I suggest you use the water collected by the dehumidifier to water your vegetable or flower garden. Installing a ceiling fan in a strategic place can increase air circulation through your home and help reduce the moisture levels.
Habits That Can Prevent Mold
One simple habit that can prevent mold growth is to leave your washer lid open after taking out a load of wet clothing. This allows the air to circulate in your washer and dry it. After showering, use a towel to dry the tile to discourage the growth of mold, and hang your wet towels outside to air-dry.
Taking a few steps to prevent mold growth can contribute to the overall health of your family. Thanks for reading! - Alan