Prolonged mold exposure can lead to a variety of health issues and it can also damage your home severely.
1. If you spring a leak ensure that you have it repaired as soon as possible. It’s important to regularly check your pipes, walls, gutters, and roofing for cracks and leaks so that they can be dealt with before mold has a chance to take hold.
2. The ideal humidity level for your home is between 30 and 50%, you can invest in a humidity monitor which will let you know when you are outside of those numbers. You can use air conditioning or a dehumidifier to keep your humidity right. Though, opening your doors and windows could be sufficient.
3. Adequate ventilation is another important step in preventing mold, so ensure any appliances that can generate moisture are ventilated properly with an exhaust fan.
4. Your HVAC system should be inspected at least once a year (by a professional). Between those times you can ensure the drip pans and filters are clean.
5. If you love having plants around your home then you’ll know soil can contribute to the growth of mold. There are certain plants that improve indoor air quality, but if you don’t have those add a bit of Taheebo tea when you give your plants water. Also, ensure there is no water accumulation in your plants.
6. If you have experienced a flood then you need a specialist to come in to dry the damaged areas within the first 72 hours. This is vital to preventing mold growth.
7. Always use mold-resistant cleaning products, paints, and drywall when completing work in your home.
8. Not only should you keep your gutters clean and install downspouts that will direct water away from your foundation, but you may need to slope the ground as well which can direct any water flow away from your home.
9. Invest in cleaning products that are designed to prevent and kill mold, especially for the kitchen and bathroom areas.
10. Avoid laying carpet in high moisture areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and basements.
11. If you have experienced a leak or a spill ensure that it is dealt with immediately.
12. You should consider covering cold surfaces that create condensation, thus increasing the risk of mold, with insulation.
13. Invest in a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.
14. If your home has single-pane windows consider upgrading them, you can consider it an investment to prevent mold and increase the value of your home.
15. Use your basement for storage? Ensure everything is at least six inches off the ground.
16. Cleaning the mold away isn’t enough – it will grow back if you don’t find the source.
17. Don’t mix ammonia and bleach when tackling mold, this produces fumes that can be toxic. If you are using bleach in your mold clean up ensure you open windows and doors.
18. As soon as mold appears you should use a fungicide on it to ensure it is removed properly and doesn’t grow back.
19. When you tackle mold remediation then you should always wear protective clothing such as eyewear, gloves, and a mask.
20. Know when to call in the professionals. Mold remediation can be a complicated task and it’s better to be safe by allowing the professionals to deal with it.