There are many important things you can do to prevent mold growth. These include identifying problem areas, installing mold-resistant carpet, drying wet areas immediately, ensuring proper ventilation, building or renovating with mold-resistant products, reducing humidity indoors, and cleaning/repairing roof gutters.
Mistakes, however, do happen. Homeowners neglect to take proper precautions, and they don’t prevent mold adequately. These errors can range from inconvenient to seriously costly. Here are the top three regrets that homeowners have when it comes to mold prevention. Don’t make the same mistakes!
1. Not drying moisture immediately
Mold needs moisture to grow; it’s that simple. The longer conditions are moist, the more likely it is that mold will appear. What does this mean for homeowners?
- After it rains, check the basement for flooding, as well as the window frames, door assemblies, and exterior walls.
- Address leaky or burst pipes immediately
- If you spill liquid on the carpet, make sure it has dried after 24 to 48 hours
- Don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine—dry them outside or in areas with good circulation
- Don’t leave wet objects sitting out around the house
- Dry the bathroom regularly, including the bath/shower areas
- After a more serious event like a flood, remove any carpets, bedding, or furniture if they can’t be completely dried
- Control the humidity indoors with air conditioning and/or dehumidifiers
By staying vigilant when it comes to moisture levels in your home—whether it’s humidity in the air or a water damage event—you’ll prevent small problems from become big ones.
2. Not having proper ventilation
Simple, everyday activities like cooking, showering, and doing laundry can invite mold into your home. Many homeowners takes this for granted, and fail to recognize that even normal activities can lead to mold growth over time. Here are some ways to improve ventilation in your home:
- Install and use a dedicated ventilator, which can also improve your HVAC efficiency
- When possible, open windows and/or run exhaust fans when you’re cooking, washing dishes, or showering
- Ensure that vents to moisture-producing appliances such as stoves and clothes dryers are connected to the outside, not the attic
- Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers, which will help in your ventilation efforts
Ventilation is a simple yet very effective tool for preventing mold. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t ventilate their homes properly.
3. Not installing mold-resistant products
When you’re building a new home or renovating your existing home, it’s a great opportunity to add mold-resistant products and materials. Consider using mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant sheetrock. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless with a fiberglass-covered core, making it very difficult for moisture to get in. This is especially useful in areas such as bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Traditional drywall is especially risky because it’s hard to remove mold from it and expensive to remove and replace it.
The point is that modern technology has made strides in protecting homeowners from mold invasions, and it’s useful to know what’s out there when you’re building or renovating!
Don’t have regrets!
Unless you learn from the common regrets of fellow homeowners, it may become necessary to contact your local mold removal specialist for a detailed assessment. Either way, drawing on the knowledge of professionals can pay dividends in the long run.
Good luck in your mold removal efforts! Please leave questions or comments below.