How to Avoid Mold in your Home

Mold feeds on moisture, and once it gets a foothold in your home, it’s likely to keep growing and eating away at your wooden structures. If not caught early, mold can cause some costly damage. You may even need to call in a wood repair specialist to to fix the mold damage.

The best way to combat mold is to prevent it from ever forming in your home. Below are a tips to keeping mold out!

  • Turn on the bathroom exhaust fan for 10 minutes after showering. Routinely clean exhaust fans of dirt and dust accumulation.
  • Check sprinkler systems to ensure that the sprays are properly aligned and that the sprinklers are not located too close to the residential walls.
  • Perform routine inspections to plumbing fixtures to identify possible water leaks.
  • Trims trees and plants to prevent them from abutting your home’s exterior. Plants can transfers moisture to your home’s surface in addition to blocking the necessary sunlight to dry up exterior surfaces.
  • Paint acts as a barrier to moisture. Examine outside painted surfaces for cracks and deterioration.
  • Position items in rooms so as to prevent overcrowding and cluttering. A cluttered area can prevent proper air ventilation and lead to excessive dust accumulation.
  • Use of dehumidifiers can decrease indoor moisture levels and help prevent mold growth.
  • Tiles should be properly sealed and caulked to prevent water infiltration.
  • Keep gutters free of debris and position gutter downspouts away from building.
  • Make sure your dryer is properly ventilated outside. If improperly vented, warm moist air can promote mold growth in your home.

Overall, keep an eye out for moist areas around your home, especially in areas where moisture is prevalent like bathrooms, the kitchen, and cluttered and dank areas like the garage, basement and attic.

Following the tips above and being vigilant for standing moisture will go a long way toward preventing mold and the damage it could cause.

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One Response to How to Avoid Mold in your Home

  1. Rick Carey January 6, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Great Advice!! I’d Like to add that mold growth can be thought of on the same type triangle as fire prevention. You have three components necessary for the propagation of mold. 1.) Mold Spores, 2) Moisture and 3.) a cellulose material. Remove one of these components and you break the cycle. In the world of mold, as cliche as it sounds an ounce prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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