Mold allergens are most prevalent during the fall – just waiting around the corner to strike allergy sufferers. However, there are ways to protect against these allergens and stop mold before it begins to grow. If you’re susceptible to developing allergies (particularly a mold allergy), reducing your exposure starts in your home. This means preparing your home to protect you from mold and other allergens that could make you sick. Below are four ways to prep your home for the fall mold season.
Monitor Moisture Levels
Of course, the fall is wetter and colder than the summer, which causes moisture levels in your home to spike. Moist areas are breeding grounds for mold, including basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and attics. To help control moisture levels in your home, use the exhaust fan in the kitchen during and after cooking and in the bathroom after showering. Additionally, wipe down and dry the shower walls as much as possible after each use. Make sure your laundry room is properly ventilated, especially during the washing process, and remove wet laundry from the washer immediately. Use a dehumidifier in the basement and attic.
Dehumidify and Use HEPA Filters
Dehumidifiers are a great way to remove moisture from the air and prevent mold growth. A dehumidifier in the basement and attic can effectively help keep moisture levels below 60% – the recommended level. When combined with HEPA filters, dehumidifiers are even more powerful. HEPA filters can be used in a furnace and/or attic to trap mold spores and stop them from circulating.
Control Moisture in the Basement
Basements are notoriously damp, and major breeding grounds for mold. However, moisture control can keep your basement dry and the mold at bay. This control starts with calling a mold removal specialist, like Brothers in Grime. They’ll come in, test the moisture levels in your basement, then provide you with recommendations for moisture control. These recommendations can include many things, from fixing leaking faucets or pipes to using a dehumidifier in the space. In the end, all of their recommendations are designed to protect you from mold allergens.
Prevent Exterior Mold
Drying plants, branches and leaves can all be breeding grounds for mold. Besides that, mold can build up in gutters, on outdoor furniture and on exterior walls. Mold spores on these items travel from the outside to the inside. Cover your outdoor furniture for the fall, and remove leaves, branches and old plants from your garden. Otherwise, you might have to call a specialist to get rid of mold, and visit a doctor to treat your mold allergies.
If you suspect you have mold, give us a call and we’ll schedule an inspection to get you the answers you need.