How to Prevent Mold from Returning in your Home
For homeowners who have recently undergone mold remediation services, there are preventive measures that you can take to help keep mold from returning in your home. Here are some proactive steps that you can take to keep mold away for good:
- Identify areas where there is a moisture problem and correct it—basements and other areas that are prone to moist air can benefit immensely from the presence of a dehumidifier. For low-lying areas, sump pumps provide an additional line of protection by removing excess water automatically. Take note of any moisture you notice in your home. This can include dark spots on ceilings that indicate a leaky roof, or musty smells inside a closet. Fixing water leaks and replacing decaying wood can go a long way toward keeping your home free of unwanted fungi.
- Dry wet areas as soon as possible—if water gets into your home, remove it as soon as possible. For example, if you have water in your basement from a burst plumbing pipe or a heavy rainstorm, then dry out the area immediately before there is time for mold to take root. Even seemingly mundane things like leaving wet clothes in the washer for a few days can be an invitation for mold.
- Keep out moisture with proper ventilation—appliances that produce moisture, like clothes dryers and stoves, should vent outside. You should check your AC unit periodically to ensure that it is not generating moisture. If it is leaking, dripping, or the coils are covered in condensate, then you probably need to call an HVAC repair service.
- Use mold-resistant building materials whenever possible—this may be impossible in already existing homes, but if you are remodeling, building an addition, or building a custom home, then it is a good way to stay one step ahead of mold. There are newer varieties of drywall and Sheetrock that are paperless instead of gypsum covered with paper, they use fiberglass instead. This creates a highly water-resistant surface, and mold cannot break down and metabolize it. This is especially useful in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and other areas where moisture is more likely to occur.
Keep your indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. Consider using dehumidifiers if your home is humid, and you notice a lot of water condensing near windows and pipes.