During the wetter winter months, your property could become a breeding ground for mold due to the damp, moist, and warm air inside your home. Mold can ruin everything; from walls and floors to furniture and even appliances - not to mention your health. Here are 8 ways to prevent mold growing in your home from mold remediation experts, Swift Response.
Mold can grow on many different surfaces inside the home, including on windows, drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles, and furniture. Prevention is always better than cure, so follow these 8 tips to help prevent mold from growing in your home:
Tip #1: Keep your home ventilated
When it's cold outside, it's tempting to keep windows closed. To help prevent a build-up of moisture in your property, open windows to allow moisture to vent outside - especially in areas of high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms. If you can, it’s a good idea to install vents that allow moisture from dryers and stoves to vent outside.
Tip #2: Clean carpets
Get your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year to avoid mold growth.
Tip #3: Get leaks repaired straight away
You know that annoying drip from the faucet you didn’t have time to repair? Leaks can develop rapidly, spreading under floors or even through ceilings, so always get any leaks repaired even if they seem too small to worry about. Check regularly for water leaks under kitchen basins, behind toilets, under heaters, and washers.
Tip #4: Don’t dry laundry inside the house
When you dry laundry inside, water will evaporate from the laundry and rest on walls, ceilings, and windows if there isn’t adequate ventilation in the room. Use a dryer to help prevent the build-up of mold in your home.
Tip #5: Dry towels after taking a shower
Damp towels can harbor bacteria which can lead to mold growth, so always dry towels as quickly as possible after using them.
Tip #6: Use a dehumidifier during humid weather
Florida can be particularly humid throughout the summer. By investing in a dehumidifier you can help to keep your home dry, preventing mold growth.
Tip #7: Clean up spills immediately
Mold can’t grow without moisture, so always clean up any spills from floors and carpets before mold has the opportunity to develop.
Tip #8: Clean gutters
A build-up of leaves and other garden debris can build up in gutters causing them to overflow. This could allow overflow water to enter basements and encourage the growth of mold. Check gutters and downpipes regularly for signs of damage and get them repaired.
If you have a musty, damp smell in your home, you could have a mold problem. Get in touch with us for your free mold inspection - it won’t cost you a dime, and you could benefit from fast mold remediation and a healthy mold-free home.