How to Prevent Mold
The key to preventing mold is moisture control. Mold cannot grow without excessive moisture in your home. Experts generally advise keeping the humidity levels in your home below 55%. You can use a hygrometer to monitor your humidity levels.
Give your home a thorough checkup to identify any issues that might contribute to future mold growth and correct any problems as soon as possible. Hire a professional to assist you if you are unsure how to make the necessary repairs. It will be well worth the cost because you will save so much money in health care, home repair, and mold removal expenses in the future.
- Window frames—check around all window frames to ensure that they seal tightly and no water seeps in.
- Sinks, toilets, and tubs—check under and around all sinks, toilets, and tubs for any leaking water. Install water leak sensors in these areas to alert you early to any leaks.
- Hot water heaters—check around your hot water heater for any leaking water. This is another good place to install a water leak sensor.
- Roofs—examine your ceilings for signs of a leaky roof. Sometimes you cannot see signs of leakage from inside the house until the problem worsens. Hire a professional to get up on the roof and inspect it for you if you are unsure how to inspect it.
- Bathrooms—check for adequate ventilation especially when showering. If the room gets steamy when you shower, then turn on an exhaust fan or crack open a window. If you do not have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, then you may need to install one.
- Basement—try the sniff test. Is there a musty odor in the basement? If so, there may be mold present. Purchase a dehumidifier if the basement smells damp or musty.
- Attic—also try the sniff test in the attic. There may be mold in the attic if there have been any leaks in your roof. If not, keep a hygrometer in your attic to measure humidity levels. A hygrometer transmits the humidity level to the main unit so you can monitor your attic humidity levels very easily.
In addition, you can prevent mold by:
- Wiping up any water spills promptly.
- Using a fan to help dry any damp carpet as soon as possible
- Keeping windows tightly closed when it is raining outside
- Using exhaust fans in the bathroom when showering and in the kitchen when cooking
- Wiping showers, shower curtains, tubs, and so forth dry with a towel after use
- Keeping an eye out for signs of mold and addressing any problems promptly
- Installing a solar fan in your attic so that you have good air circulation there all year round.