Having mold in your home can cause a myriad of health problems, so prevention is key. By taking a few simple steps, you can ensure that your home is safe and healthy for your entire family.
Once mold creeps into your house, many health problems can arise, including allergic reactions like coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and shortness of breath. Mycotoxins can also lead to conditions of the digestive system or skin. Taking care of a mold problem once you have it into your home can also become a hefty expense that will require the help of a professional.
Keep the house clean. When there’s too much clutter in a home, it prevents the HVAC system from moving air effectively between areas. The less stuff you have, the less likely humidity will create a mold-friendly atmosphere.
Be Aware of Humidity
Mold loves moisture, so make sure that your home doesn’t become too humid. A humidity monitor will help you keep moisture levels in check throughout the household. The ideal humidity is between 35% to 50%, while in more humid climates it can reach up to 55%. If it’s more than this then you’ll have to look for underlying reasons for such a high humidity level and may need to call a professional for help.
Make sure the air flow in your home is adequate to minimize humidity. Keep windows and doors closed when the air-conditioning is on. When these are open, the colder air escapes while humid air invites itself in. Mold can thrive when moisture and cool air meet and lead to condensation.
Remove Water-Damaged Materials
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Anything in your house that has been sitting in water is a welcome habitat for mold growth. Any puddles or standing water should be removed, as well as whatever was damaged with the water. Carpet or tiles are particularly susceptible. Take care of any leaks that can occur in plumbing and dry out exposed areas thoroughly.
Aim for a Constant Climate
Keep indoor climate constant. Maintaining a temperature of around 80 degrees will not raise humidity. If we play around with the thermostat too much it can lead to environments that favor mold growth. Cold surfaces in a humid environment may be a particular problem from increased condensation.
Maintain Your HVAC
Keeping an HVAC system that has not been regularly maintained will greatly increase the chances of a mold problem in your house. It’s best to call a professional to check and see if your HVAC is working properly. The HVAC has to be set at a certain temperature for your specific area, the coils have to be kept clean, and it has to cycle on and off regularly. The drain pipe should also drip frequently or the water will accumulate in the HVAC.
By focusing on a few simple tips, you can prevent mold growth in your house and protect your family’s well-being, as well as the investment in your property. A clutter-fee, comfortable home with a well-maintained HVAC system is key in minimizing problems from mold.