Winter provides perfect conditions for mold growth, but contrary to popular belief, so does summer. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize that their homes are as vulnerable to mold growth in the summer as they are in the winter. The season doesn’t matter, because moisture is the only thing mold needs for rapid growth. Snow provides that moisture during the winter while humidity provides that moisture during the summer. However, there are some ways to combat mold growth in the summer and prevent mold damage.
Control Moist Areas
Mold is known to form in areas that are often moist, such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms and more. So, during the summer, you must be extra diligent in keeping those areas as dry as possible. Ventilate your bathroom(s) and kitchen, and use the exhaust fan in certain circumstances. In the bathroom, use the fan after showering, bathing or cleaning. In the kitchen, use it while cooking, particularly when boiling water. Let the exhaust fan run for at least 30 minutes.
Moisture levels in your basement can be controlled with ventilation and a dehumidifier. Additionally, check your air conditioner’s drain pan often, don’t overwater house plants, reduce or monitor the usage of sprinklers, wipe away condensation from the windows, and get rid of any standing water around your house.
Control Humidity Levels
Your home can become incredibly humid during the summer season, especially if you live in a commonly hot, moist area. However, there are ways to control the humidity levels in your home.
- Use a dehumidifier in the most humid areas
- Ventilate your home with exhaust fans
- As the temperature rises outside, lower the temperature of the air conditioner
- Ensure all areas of your home are evenly cool and dry
- Turn off the humidifier, especially if it’s built into your HVAC system
Get a Mold Inspection
Mold is hazardous to your indoor air quality, health and entire home. It can cause allergic reactions, lung disease, respiratory problems, cold-like symptoms, skin irritation and even neurological disorders. Not to mention, it can cause irreparable damage to your home’s foundation, interior walls and more. To avoid all these issues, you must ensure that there’s no mold present, and the only way to do that is to get a mold inspection. If you suspect mold, just call in a mold removal specialist like our team at Brothers in Grime. We’ll help identify and address any mold issues in your home, efficiently and effectively, reducing the amount of mold damage and health risks.