How to Prevent Mold in Your Home
Aside from damaging your property, mold can be a health hazard for you and your family. For this reason, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent mold in your home. Read on below for seven ways to prevent mold in your home.
1. Fix Problem Areas
One of the most important steps that will help you prevent mold in your home is fixing any problem areas. Keep in mind that it’s not possible to make your home fully mold-proof, particularly in hot and humid climates. However, it’s possible to make your home more mold-resistant by addressing issues in your home that promote moisture and mold growth. Fixing any plumbing leaks, waterproofing your basement, and using mold-resistant paint are good places to start.
2. Dry Wet Areas Immediately
If, by accident, any area of your home gets wet, make sure to dry it right away. For instance, if water gets on the floor after a shower, take the time to wipe it up. Mold can’t grow without moisture. The longer an area is wet, the more likely it is that mold will start forming in that area.
There are various household activities that you do every day that lead to added humidity and moisture (for example, cooking and showering). Since controlling moisture will help you prevent mold in your home, it’s important to minimize any humidity with proper ventilation. In addition to making sure there is good airflow in areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen, you should always vent appliances that produce moisture such as clothes dryers and stoves.
4. Use Mold-Resistant Products
A great option to help you prevent mold in your home is to build or renovate your home using mold-resistant products such as mold-resistant drywall. While traditional drywall is made with paper and a gypsum plaster core, mold-resistant drywall uses no paper. As a result, it’s very resistant to water. Additionally, you can use mold-resistant paint and insulation throughout your home.
5. Monitor Humidity
In order to prevent mold in your home more effectively, you should control and monitor humidity by using a moisture meter. Typically, these items can be purchased in hardware stores. Keep in mind that the EPA recommends maintaining indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. However, there are also ways to tell if there’s too much humidity in your home without using a device. One of the clearest signs of this problem is condensation on windows, pipes, and walls.
6. Repair and Clean Roof Gutters
Very often, mold can be the result of a leak caused by damaged or dirty gutters. For that reason, it’s important to have your roof gutters inspected for damage and cleaned regularly. Gutters are designed to divert moisture away from your home and neglected gutters will not work properly to protect your home from water.
7. Contact a Professional Mold Inspector
It’s not always possible to keep your home mold-free without the help of a professional. Because they know exactly what they are doing, professional mold inspectors can identify a mold problem along with possible areas of moisture intrusion. Once they have a correct diagnosis, these professionals can recommend the best course of action. Hiring a mold inspector is well worth the expense and will save you trouble and money down the road.
Polar Home Inspections provides mold inspections and other home inspection services to Southeast Michigan and Northern Indiana. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our Certified Professional Inspector!