Mold can thrive in most places in your home. The microorganism can survive on food, clothing, carpets, and walls. You will spend a lot of money to fix the mold problem, so why not prevent mold growth in the first place? Here are tips and tricks on how to prevent mold in your house.
1. Dry Wet Spaces Immediately
Mold can only thrive in areas with moisture. Consequently, always be on the lookout for any wet places. For example, check the basement during and after rainfall for any water accumulation. Also, leaky pipes can cause moisture accumulation in the surrounding areas.
You should dry any wet areas as soon as possible after water spillage. If the water damage is extensive, get rid of any water-damaged items, such as carpets. Similarly, you should hang wet clothes immediately to prevent mold growth.
2. Keep Humidity Levels Low
Try to maintain low humidity levels in your home. Ideally, the humidity level should not exceed 50% throughout the day. Dehumidifiers or air conditioners are excellent appliances that can help you control humidity levels. A meter can also help you keep tabs on the humidity levels in the home.
3. Ensure Proper Ventilation
Proper ventilation helps to increase fresh air in your home. The fresh air will increase oxygen and reduce the house’s carbon dioxide concentration. In addition, fresh air can help to dry wet and stuffy areas quickly. The quick dry-out prevents mold growth.
One of the best ways to increase ventilation is to open your windows regularly. Windows should remain open for about 15 minutes daily to enhance the house’s natural ventilation.
4. Eliminate Clutter
Examine all the items in the home and take note of those you don’t use often or at all. These items take up a lot of space in the house and can block effective airflow. The blockage hinders the ability of the AC system to spread air inside your home effectively.
The lack of adequate airflow can lead to condensation. The condensation increases the amount of moisture within your home and provides the perfect environment for mold growth. Therefore, get rid of any items that you don’t need. Moreover, furniture and other items shouldn’t be near vents.
5. Cover the Crawl Space Floor
Groundwater can find its way into your house through the crawl spaces. Such an occurrence will introduce a lot of moisture into the house daily. The best way to prevent seepage is to cover all crawl space floors in the house. A plastic vapor is an excellent cover material that can block moisture. The heavier the plastic cover, the more effective the moisture blockage.
6. Vacuum With HEPA Filter
A High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can get rid of any mold plants inside your house. Use the filtered vacuum on the vents and wet spaces that might host mold. The filtered vacuums are also effective in the bathroom and basement since these rooms are prone to dampness.
7. Use Ultraviolet Lights
Ultraviolet light may prevent the growth of mold in specific areas. These lights are highly perfect in spaces with high humidity levels. You can place the UV lamps near wet and damp areas to block mold growth. The lamps also lower the risks of contamination from mildew and mold.
However, you should be careful with UV radiation since it may have adverse health effects. Hence, work with a professional to install the lamps.
Prevent Mold Growth
Mold is a serious problem for most homeowners. Fortunately, you can take measures to reduce the risk of mold growth in your house. Disaster Masters can help you to repair any damaged parts of your home to prevent water seepage or remediate any mold damage. Contact us for more information.