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The Best Offense Is A Good Defense: How To Prevent Mold In The Home

by Tara Pena

Mold is a truly terrible thing to find in your home. It lurks in the walls, unseen and all it manages to accomplish is making you and your family sick while costing you a sum of money to get it removed. Of course sometimes mold remediation is the only option if an infestation gets too bad, and you should definitely consult a professional if this is the case. However, there are some things you can do around the home to help prevent mold from growing in the first place. So, just how can you prevent mold from growing? Take a look below to find out.  

Limit Moisture To Prevent Molding

The name of the game when keeping mold out of your home is to remove as much stagnant moisture as possible. It takes mold 24–48 hours for mold to begin to grow according to the EPA. So reducing the amount of moisture is key.

  • Check For Water Leaks — Water leaks are an obvious source of moisture, but ones that often go unnoticed are roof and window leaks. You should get any leaks repaired ASAP.

  • Maximize Airflow In Your Home — The warmer the air in your home is the more likely it is to carry moisture. This is particularly a problem in rooms such as bathrooms, where water is run often. Leave doors open to these rooms to prevent moisture from accumulating in them.

  • Direct Ground Water Away From Your Home — If you find water pooling close to your home it may also be at risk for mold growth, especially if you have a basement or crawlspace. So try adding gentle slopes away from your house to divert groundwater.  

  • Reduce Your Humidity — The CDC says to keep the humidity in your home no higher than 50% in order to prevent molding. With this in mind it is very important to vent rooms especially after hot water usage. The use of both air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help in this situation.

Other Tips

There are a few other things you can do in the fight against mold:

  • Cleaning — By doing such things as vacuuming and cleaning regularly you can help mitigate the amount of spores that make it into your home.

  • Use Removable Rugs — Carpet is really good at holding in moisture, so you should take care to launder what carpet you do have in rooms prone to moisture on a regular basis.

Hopefully these tips can help stave off mold before it becomes a problem in your home. Fear not though: should mold take up residence in your home there are dozens of certified specialists standing by ready to help you make your home a healthier place again.