Preventing mold from growing in your house mostly comes down to preventing moisture in various susceptible areas. Taking care of this aspect is quite simple compared to repairing the damage caused by mold, especially health issues. Here’s a list of some practical and easy steps you can apply to prevent this fungus invasion.
When it comes to moisture, bathroom and kitchen are critical places. Use a hygrometer to control moisture levels inside these premises, aiming to keep it below 60 percent. Check your pipes for potential leaking occasionally and fix the problems as soon as possible. Wipe the walls in the bathroom after showering and wipe the cabinets and countertops in the kitchen after cooking or washing dishes. Provide adequate ventilation in both places and open the window after taking a shower.
Whenever you can hang your clothes to dry outdoors. If you do it inside, evaporated water from the clothes will stick to your walls and promote mold growing. If you can’t do it outside always, at least place laundry in a separated room or purchase a drier. Wet clothes and towels are an excellent terrain for mold growth. Thus, avoid leaving wet towels hanging in the bathroom or washed laundry in the washing machine.
Wet carpets, the same as wet clothes, are a convenient environment for mold growth. Eliminate them completely or at least replace them with linoleum or rugs. If the rug gets wet during bathing, make sure you hang it to dry properly.
These three aspects determine the average levels of moisture in your house, so make sure to adjust them to adequate levels. Cold surfaces will condensate during cold weather and become a convenient ground for mold spores. Use additional insulation to outfit these areas, especially metal items and prevent condensation. Insolation helps to warm and to dry of the premises, and solid ventilation will take care of humidity in the air.
Sometimes the moisture is a consequence of the water coming from the outside. Make sure to clean gutters, set water drainage away from home and keep your basement dry.
Certainly, the easiest and the most effective manner to keep your house free from the mold is to keep all your premises clean, dry, moderately heated, insulated and regularly ventilated. This way, you will have the usual concentration of mold spores in the air. They will not cause the problems. However, if the mold grows excessively due to lack of some of the previously mentioned conditions, there are ways to eliminate it and prevent it from re-occurring. Mold remediation is best done when handled by professional services. There are, also, some tips and techniques you can apply and try to control it yourself.
HEPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Air vacuums, purifiers and industrial air scrubbers are powerful equipment designed to filter air in the house and clean it from the smallest particles. Regular air filter won’t suffice because they do not filter particles of the mold spores size. HEPA has a wide range of products varying in the size, capacity, and power. Most of them are available at pretty much every hardware store and the prices are reasonable. Depending on the size of home and the total area you want to clear, choose small HEPA air purifiers. Larger air scrubbers designed to filtrate the air in the whole house.
Moisture is a necessary environmental condition for mold growth. Any water or humidity source is a potential risk for mold growth, so the best way is to fix and eliminate these sources. But if the levels of moisture are already high within your place, purchasing dehumidifiers (or avoiding humidifiers) will help you control it to the normal levels.
These simple, practical and rather affordable devices measure the current levels of moisture in the air and indicate if there is a reason to worry and react. Having one in your bathroom and one in the kitchen is useful for everyday’s control.
There’s a large scale of various chemical solutions you can purchase over the counter that is designed to attack mold colonies aggressively and eliminate them effectively. Whether it’s a bleach, mixture of bleach and additional chemical, various anti-fungal solutions or anything similar. Apply some of these occasionally at the risky areas and let them do the rest.