Mold occurs naturally and helps to break down organic matter. While mold is not always a serious hazard, no homeowner wants to discover it inside their house. It’s more difficult and expensive to remove it than to prevent mold growth in the first place.
What Causes Mold Growth?
Before you can prevent mold growth, it’s helpful to understand the conditions it needs to thrive. Moisture is necessary for mold growth, so it occurs most often in parts of the home that are damp and humid, like the kitchen and bathroom. Eliminating moisture is critical to stopping mold growth.
Repair Leaks to Prevent Mold Growth
One of the primary causes of mold is water damage that a professional remediation company did not repair. Whether a pipe burst in the basement or a hurricane flooded your home, remove the water quickly and thoroughly dry the space.
If you notice a leak, whether in a plumbing pipe or from the roof, call a professional to make repairs as soon as possible. Moisture can damage structural components of your home and lead to mold growth. When there is a leak or spill, clean it immediately and run a dehumidifier for at least 24 hours.
Maintain Good Mold Prevention Habits
To prevent mold growth, practice good habits every day. Teach your family members a few basic guidelines to keep the home dry and mold-free.
- Place wet clothing in the dryer after washing, and never allow damp clothes to accumulate.
- When bathing, use your bathroom fan and run it for at least fifteen minutes after you’re done.
- Clean bathroom tiles and other hard surfaces regularly to prevent mold spores from settling and growing.
- Turn on the range hood fan while cooking. It will pull odors and moisture out of the home.
- Don’t leave damp towels or swimwear in piles on the floor. Hang them to dry, preferably outdoors, or toss them in the clothes dryer.
- Use an air purifier to remove dust, debris, and mold spores.
Monitor Humidity Levels
To prevent mold growth, purchase a device that measures humidity in the air. Many homeowners need to use a dehumidifier in the summer and a humidifier in the winter to maintain consistent moisture levels. Steady humidity prevents damage to the wood in your home by preventing the natural expansion and contraction that occurs from season to season.