Mold can be a major problem, especially during the summer, as most strains of mold grows in a warm environment. Because mold is more prevalent during the warmer months, homeowners must be extra diligent in taking preventative measures. With a bit of forethought, care and maintenance, you should be able to prevent mold and the conditions that lead to its growth. Below are four tips on how to prevent it from growing in your home this summer.
Control the Moisture Levels
It’s no secret that mold thrives in a moist or humid environment, which is why you should keep the humidity in your home as low as possible. Ideally, the relative humidity should be kept below 50 percent. Areas where humidity levels are higher will, of course, be more prone to mold growth. If possible, a dehumidifier should be used in the warmest and most humid areas of your home, such as the basement and bathrooms. This will prevent moisture buildup and the need for mold removal.
Use Exhaust Fans
During the summer, humidity is usually higher in kitchens and bathrooms. Steam provides more than enough moisture for mold growth, so you should turn on the exhaust fan or open a window while showering or cooking. Just remember to let the exhaust fan run for at least 30 minutes after any steam-inducing activity to ensure all moisture is removed from the room.
Monitor the Relative Humidity Level
Monitoring the relative humidity level in your home could give you the information you need to take the proper mold prevention measures. To measure relative humidity, you’ll need a hygrometer. This instrument will help you accurately measure the humidity in your home. If your home is too humid, you should use a dehumidifier in the moistest areas. Higher humidity means a greater chance for mold growth, so controlling the moisture in your home could help you avoid a call to a mold removal company.
Fix Leaks and Cracks
Leaks are notorious for causing moisture buildup that leads to mold growth. So, leaky pipes and appliances should be fixed as soon as a leak is detected. Additionally, your roof should be checked for leaks, especially if you live in a rainy area.
Leaky roofs are also a major cause of moisture buildup and mold growth. Also, check the windows for cracks, as rain can leak through and cause moisture to develop within walls and underneath carpeting and other flooring, thus creating the perfect conditions for mold growth.
If, despite your best efforts, you suspect you’ve got mold, don’t hesitate to contact us, a trusted mold removal company that will address the problem quickly and effectively.