For homeowners, few words inspire more fear and disgust than “mold.” Finding out you have mold in your house brings to mind thoughts of sickness, and a poorly or carelessly maintained home. But unfortunately, mold can occur despite your best efforts. While you may focus your cleaning efforts on areas of your home that are frequently damp, such as the bathroom, mold can form in other areas of your home as well. Leaky plumbing, high relative humidity, poor ventilation, and negative grading around your home can all contribute to or cause mold growth.
So how do you prevent mold? Here are a few tips from FreshCo to control the moisture in your home and help keep it mold-free!
Don’t Leave Water Or Moisture Standing Around.
Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. If you have kids or own a home, you know this is true because you live it every day. As much as you want to trust your child, you’re always prepared for a colossal spill to happen at any moment. No matter how diligent you are with home maintenance, leaks can come out of nowhere. So when a spill or leak inevitably happens, proper clean-up is vital. Always thoroughly dry wet or damp materials and areas as quickly as possible. In most cases, if you can get everything dry within 24-48 hours after the incident happens, mold won’t grow.
Keep Your Gutters Clean.
Your roof gutters can fill up quickly, especially if you have well-established trees in your neighborhood. Leaves, sticks, shingle material, and other debris can clog your downspouts, causing water to flow over the top of your gutters. Instead of being directed away from your house, rainwater can leak through windows and seams or collect near your home and seep inside. Moisture in your interior walls is a recipe for mold growth. We offer gutter cleaning to help you avoid this issue!
Correct Your Negative Grade.
Does your yard make the grade? Specifically, is the grade of ground around your house negative or positive? As the name implies, a positive grade slopes away from your foundation, so water will flow away from your house. A negative grade slopes toward your house and allows water to pool against your foundation. That water can find its way inside your home and contribute to mold.
You’re A/C Is Cool (But Mold Isn’t).
Since you use your air conditioner during hot weather, you have at least a basic idea of how it works – by drawing hot air in and cooling it down. You may or may not know that air has some moisture in it, and cooling it down draws that moisture out in a process known as condensation. Air conditioners have built-in drip pans to catch this water as it forms and drips from the condenser coil of your HVAC system. It’s essential to check that the drain lines that allow water to flow out from the pan are clear of debris and flowing properly. If they aren’t, the standing water can create mold in the pan, or even worse, overflow and leak onto your floor and surrounding surfaces.
Keep Indoor Humidity On The Down Low.
As we mentioned in the previous tip, ambient air contains moisture that condenses as hot air cools. However, while you can expect some humidity in your indoor air, indoor air with relative humidity above 60% can cause significant condensation. You can measure your indoor air’s relative humidity with a moisture or humidity meter available at most hardware stores.
If you see condensation or moisture collecting on your windows, walls, or pipes, dry the surface and reduce your indoor relative humidity as quickly as possible.
Methods to reduce humidity in your home:
Make sure moisture-producing appliances (clothes dryers, stoves, etc.) vent outside as much as possible.
Invest in a dehumidifier.
Run the bathroom fan or open a window when showering.
Reduce house plants or move to a well-ventilated room.
Use charcoal briquettes in a basket or can to draw moisture out of the air, replacing them every 2-3 months.
Take cooler showers.
Insulate cold surfaces like cold water pipes, etc.
Use your air conditioner. It’s designed to remove warm, humid air and introduce cool air.
Schedule Your Mold Inspection With FreshCo, LLC, Today!
If you’re concerned about the potential of mold in your home, FreshCo Cleaning & Restoration can help! Our Hutchinson, Kansas–based cleaning and restoration professionals can help you identify and correct potential mold sources before they become significant issues. If we find mold, we can help you contain it, clean the affected areas of your home, and prevent future growth.
In addition to our mold services, we offer
water and sewage restoration
interior and exterior home cleaning