Having mold in your home can be the start of health problems, deterioration, and others–so when you spot some, it’s best to get it out post haste! What can a homeowner do to prevent mold from growing in the first place? Everyone knows that prevention is the best cure so today we’ll be discussing four tips on how you can prevent mold from growing in your home.
Dry any and all materials immediately
Mold just loves everything that is damp or wet. Leaving a wet rag lying around or even your own wet bath towel which isn’t hanged properly is an invitation for mold to grow. So never as much as possible, do not leave any wet materials lying around–particularly if it’s in a cool place.
After doing laundry, do not let them sit in a pile for too long. If you can, hang them outside. Hanging them inside will not only have them dry slower but you’ll also increase the humidity which is conducive to the growth of mold.
Increase the air flow within your home
Mold hates it when their growth conditions are interrupted. You can do so by moving furniture away from walls, airing out the contents of closets and cupboards. Ventilate confined spaces and dark areas, as these are some of the preferred growth area of spores. Fresh air is your friend.
Several species of mold start from the humidity present in any area. In fact, mold can grow from the presence of humidity alone–if the humidity is higher than 55%, certain strains of mold can grow. This is where fresh air can really help you and your home. Open your windows when it’s sunny. The high temperatures outside make sure that the humidity outside is low. Keep the windows closed when it’s raining. Ventilate rooms that get hot or steamy like kitchens and bathrooms. Install exhaust fans if you are able to–this will help reduce the humidity when such rooms are being used.
Constantly maintain pipes and plumbing
There are a variety of reasons why leaks happen but the most common would be pipes that are in disrepair. It is important to repair busted pipes at the first sign of leakage. Leaving them alone is an invitation for mold growth and for other vermin to call your home their own.
If your home has any old pipes, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible. When you’re doing your annual checkup of your home, invite an expert to locate and spot any leaks that you may not be aware of.
Make use of mold-resistant materials in your home
If you’re building a new home or renovating an old one, make use of mold-resistant materials like drywall or products like mold-resistant paints. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless–making it highly water resistant. Mold-resistant drywall usually has fiberglass that covers the core. Such drywall material can be really helpful in areas in the home that’s prone to wetness or high humidity like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.