Mold in your home can be a scary sight, but luckily there are ways you can care for your space that will help you prevent it from taking over. The most important thing to know about mold is that it requires moisture in order to thrive and cultivate. Maintaining a humidity level between 30% and 50% in your residence will drastically reduce your chances of having mold. Here are some tips to keep your home mold free.
Use Your Exhaust Fan
A lot of moisture within your home is created in your bathroom when running hot water and in your kitchen when you are boiling water and cooking. That is why you generally find exhaust fans in these areas of the household. If you don’t have a hood, then your microwave may have a built in fan to use while you are cooking. In your bathroom, it is a good practice to run the exhaust fan when taking a hot shower or bath and to allow it to run until all the condensation is cleared out.
Manage Your Home Water Levels
If you have a leak or expose your home to standing water, it is important to address the problem right away. Not only do you put your home at risk for mold damage, but you can potentially cause water damage that is costly and time consuming to repair. Be sure to clean up any overflow, water spills, or damp clothing you may have in your home. These may not seem like a big deal, but they can potentially cause damage if they go unattended for too long.
If you find that condensation is frequently on your windows or walls, you may be experiencing high humidity in your home. If you suspect that might be an issue, it may be wise to invest in a dehumidifier to help you keep your home at a comfortable humidity level.
Open Your Windows
Stagnant air is another element that allows mold to thrive in your home. Opening your windows to let in the fresh air when possible allows for the air in your home to circulate, creating a difficult condition for the mold to cultivate. Opening your windows is also a way to let excess moisture out of your home and prevent condensation that may occur.
Though there are many situations that put our home at risk for mold, these three tips can help you lessen your chances of mold becoming a resident in your home. Maintaining a healthy humidity level can affect our health and our home in more ways than just bringing in and facilitating the growth of mold, so we should always prioritize keeping it between 30 and 50%.
If you happen to find mold in your home it is important to seek professional mold remediation services right away. The longer you wait to remove it, the worse the damage will be to your home and health. Disaster Recovery Pros has a team of highly trained experts providing you mold removal and remediation to restore your home to its original glory.
Call us now at (727) 330-2340 to get the process started right away.