Mold is a nasty thing to find on your property. When the damage is done, entire sections of your house could need to be removed. It’s better to have a mold prevention strategy than a need for mold restoration services. While mold is tricky and likes to hide, there are certain things you can do to aid prevention. These, along with keeping a watchful eye out for mold, will help you greatly in the long run.
Change Air Filters Frequently
The air filters in your home catch a lot of dust and debris that is tracked into your home. Eventually, air can’t flow as smoothly because it’s blocked by clogged air filters. Your home may start to feel stagnant or musty, and the humidity outside will start to creep inside. That’s when air filters become a breeding ground for mold. And once mold grows in the filters, it spreads all over the house through your vents. By changing your air filters regularly, you can bring clean air back into your home before mold can start to grow.
Address Plumbing Leaks
Mold is attracted to damp spaces. Any place there are leaks, mold is sure to follow. If you notice a faucet starting to leak or that your shower isn’t keeping all of the water inside, you need to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible. Bathrooms are already damper than other rooms and can feel humid at times. Cleaning up excess water will help to prevent mold growth.
Check for Water Infiltration – Windows, Doors, and More
Check anywhere that you pass from outside to inside. Windows, doors, walls, and even the roof need to be sealed properly to keep out any outside elements. If there are cracks in the lining or bigger holes, humidity in the warmer months and precipitation all year long will come into your home, making areas damp and mold-friendly. Fixing the damage before mold can spread is your only option here for mold prevention.
Manage Humidity Levels
Spring and summer in New England are typically very humid. Elevated humidity levels in your property for extended periods of time can promote microbial growth. Consider investing in a dehumidifier and running it. Areas prone to the highest humidity are basements or other areas without climate control – such as central AC.
Mold loves to grow in dark, damp corners. It usually starts where you can’t see, so by the time you catch it, the mold has spread to many different places. These mold prevention tips will help keep your house dry, but you still need to be vigilant about looking in dark places. Make sure your attic stays dry and take care of your basement if you have one. And if you find mold damage, call us at Soil-Away, LLC at (603) 641-6555.