Have you ever faced a large scale mold invasion? If so, you know it can be like the war of the worlds. Mold is a tough adversary, popping up in the most unlikely places, burrowing into every surface it can. The most extreme mold remediation jobs can resemble full-scale home renovation, as hopelessly infested building materials are hauled off and replaced.
Without a doubt, the best strategy is prevention. If you want to minimize the chances that mold will get a foothold in your home or business environment, consider the following five steps.
Most people don’t have to be told that mold thrives in dank, humid environments—but how many of us pay close attention to the amount of water we’re releasing into the air? Steamy bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most common culprits. Poor ventilation is another. If your windows are constantly shut tight, and there’s very little air moving through your home, mold has a better chance to grow.
In order to avoid this, make sure your living environment gets plenty of fresh air and ventilation. If it’s hot and humid outside, consider using a dehumidifier inside. Good quality air conditioners also work as dehumidifiers.
2. Look Out for Leaky Pipes and Roofs
A dripping faucet may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can lead to much more than that. Any constant source of moisture is a huge advantage for mold—so make sure your pipes are sealed and working properly, your roofs are free of leaks, and your taps shut tight. When you notice water leaking, fix it without delay. Otherwise you could end up with a mold problem as an unwelcome bonus!
3. Clean Your Ducts, Vents and HVAC Appliances
When your HVAC systems are dirty or clogged, they can easily foster mold growth, and even transport spores from one area of the house to another. Hence the importance of keeping those systems (including ducts and vents) clean and in good working order.
If you’re not sure when the last time your ducts and vents were checked and cleaned, an HVAC specialist can perform a comprehensive cleaning service to prevent mold problems. The difference in air quality alone will be worth it, and mold colonies will find it much more difficult to explore your house.
4. Don’t Leave Wet Clothes and Towels Lying Around
Mold colonies love it when you get careless with wet clothes and towels. These damp, porous materials are ideal for hungry colonies, and they fill the air the moisture. One of the most common mistakes people make is drying their clothes on an indoor line. Making a habit out of this will almost surely lead to a mold infestation of some sort. Whenever possible, hang clothes and towels outside to dry, or at least near an open window.
With these simple measures, you’ll be on your way to effective mold prevention.
But if you do notice a mold problem in your home or business, don’t turn a blind eye. The earlier you address the problem, the less likely it is to spread and cause serious damage.
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