4 Tips for Mold Prevention in Your Home
Mold prevention is not likely to be an item on your daily to-do list. But maybe it should be. While mold may seem like a harmless part of home life, it can seriously impact your health and the health of others. Here are 4 ways you can help prevent mold growth in your home.
1. Maintain Indoor Climate
What causes mold? Lots of things, but the main culprit is humidity. You may notice that when it rains, your home gets a little musty—you may even be able to spot some mold growth. This is due to moisture in the air settling on materials in your home such as wood or cotton. Mold needs nutrients to survive. Your drywall, cotton curtains, and wood floors are great sources for mold nutrition. Combine the humidity in the air with the nutrient-rich materials in your home, and you have the perfect mold recipe.
You may be thinking, “How exactly am I supposed to prevent mold? It’s not like I have control of the weather.” You do, however, have control of your home’s indoor climate settings. Keep your indoor humidity as low as possible. According to the CDC, your home should never exceed 50% humidity. Your air conditioner or dehumidifier settings can help you in keeping levels down.
If you really want to prevent humidity in your home, make sure you have good ventilation. Keep your home’s air flow circulating. This prevents moisture from locking in the air and settling in your home. Be sure that your clothes dryer vents to the outdoors. In addition, use exhaust fans wherever necessary. And whatever you do, do not use a humidifier in your home. This increases indoor humidity and will aid in mold growth.
2. Check Your Pipes
Leaky pipes? Well that is actually a big problem. When pipes leak water in your home, the dampness can reach areas that you may not even see. Often, by the time the leaky pipe is discovered, there is already mold growth.
Due to the inaccessibility of many pipes in the home, it is important to check your water meter from time to time. To check, start by making sure there is no water being used inside or outside your home. You can now use your water meter as a leak detector. If the meter shows water use, you have a water leak. Remember a dripping faucet will register, so it may not be a broken pipe causing the leak.
If you do the water meter check and determine that you do have a leak, it is time to contact a plumber. And if there is a leak, there is a high probability that there may be a lot of mold somewhere in your walls. PuroClean OKC can help clean up the accumulated mold so give us a call at 405-731-4343.
While it is possible to remove mold from your home in a DIY project, it is much safer to leave it to the professionals. You can be exposed to dangerous germs when you deal with mold. Inhalation can cause health problems including allergies, wheezing, and even asthma. There is no good reason to risk your health and safety when you have a home to run.
3. After the Flood
Oklahoma flash floods are quite common. In the event that your home faces floodwaters, it is important to contact PuroClean OKC for instant flood relief services. They are available 24/7 and can provide emergency water extraction, drying and dehumidification, and home restoration. You can contact them at 405-731-4343.
Mold can develop 24-48 hours after a flood. It is imperative to get help as quickly as possible. Getting your home dry as quickly as possible helps reduce mold development. Remove all impacted carpet and bedding. When wet, these household items are ideal mold motels, trapping and locking in moisture, which is a prime factor in mold growth.
As a property restoration and mold remediation service, PuroClean OKC can help ensure that your home is properly taken care of. We would be happy to give you a quote, so call us when you need help, 405-731-4343.
4. Products to Use
There are less dramatic ways that you can prevent mold growth in your home. Very common mold growth areas include the bathroom or kitchen. These rooms require a lot of moisture and heat, creating the perfect place for mold growth. When cleaning, use products intended to kill mold and prevent further growth.
Use spray products containing bleach, vinegar, or ammonia bases. These help rid areas of mold. If you want a more natural cleaning method, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed oil also contain properties capable of killing mold. Continuous use of these products help prevent mold from growing on your home’s surfaces.
In addition to cleaning sprays, there are other ways to keep your home mold free. There are products called mold inhibitors specifically made for paint that you can purchase at your local hardware store. Be sure to ask a store employee for assistance in finding the correct product as this should be a material specifically designed for paint. If the wrong product is used, it could damage the finish of your paint. Once the proper product is purchased, simply mix the mold inhibitor into your paint before painting your home. This is a simple and effective way to prevent mold growth in your home.