How to Safeguard Your Home Against Molds

Mold refers to various types of microscopic fungi that grow in thread-like structures called hyphae. In the natural environment, it’s beneficial as it decomposes dead organic material. At home – not so much.

When mold grows indoors, it can damage household materials and lead to health issues for people with allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems.

If you find mold in your home, you need to get rid of it right away and, importantly – fix the source of the problem, or there’s a risk of mold coming back.

We summarize the top points you need to be careful of when trying to prevent mold in the most prone areas of your home:

General Tips:

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, particularly in humid climates.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s drip pans and unclog the drain lines.
  • In cold temperatures, insulate windows and walls on the outside to prevent condensation.
  • Dry out wet spots within two days.
  • A good exterior drainage system will stop leaks and water from seeping in.
  • Get your HVAC system checked professionally for proper functioning.
  • Use fans and leave doors open between rooms to help airflow through your home.

Kitchen:

  • Use exhaust fans when cooking.
  • Repair leaks near sinks, refrigerators, and water sources.
  • Regularly clean refrigerator drip pans.

Basements and Crawl Spaces:

  • Cover crawl space floors with plastic and block ground moisture.
  • Keep crawl spaces well-ventilated.
  • Instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, paint the concrete floors and use area rugs.
  • Repair any basement leaks.

Laundry Room and Bathrooms

  • Maintain a clear, unobstructed, and undamaged dryer vent.
  • Turn on exhaust fans.
  • Fix leaks around sinks and tubs.
  • Open the vent window/turn on the exhaust when showering.
  • Don’t leave wet towels on the floor or in hampers.

Follow these preventive tips and control the moisture in your home, making it healthier and stopping mold from growing.

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