As a homeowner, you have a lot to juggle. Between cleaning the house, having parts of the home inspected and ensuring that it’s safe and comfortable—it’s a lot. While you don’t want to add another ‘to-do’ item to your already long list of chores, one aspect of the home that seems to be looked over fairly often is looking for and remediating mold. No we aren’t talking about the mold you find on your fruit or old pieces of bread, we’re talking about mold that can grow within your walls or under your floors.
Mold tends to grow in damp, humid areas where there is little to no sunlight and it typically starts in the humid summer months where heat and moisture are at its worst. Unfortunately, if there was an old infestation in your home all summer, it’s likely to the point where it’s going to make itself known as soon as we move into Fall and Winter.
As the weather gets cooler and the air dries up, people start closing their windows and doors and turn on their central heating in order to stay comfortable when the temperatures drop. While this is necessary in order to keep warm, if you have mold in your home, it’s the perfect vehicle to transport the mold spores throughout your home, making the problem worse. It also means that mold spores can be lifted and be sent airborne, which will lower the quality of air in your home and make you sicker during the already sick months of the year. Here are some ways you can prevent mold from growing in your home.
- Identify possible problem areas and correct them. It’s impossible to completely mold-proof your home, but you can make it resistant to mold. Do a regular check of your home in areas that tend to be a problem. Does your basement consistently flood? Does condensation build up in your windows? Is there a leak in your ceiling? Check these areas and seek mold remediation in Scottville, MI immediately if you find any sort of dampness or existing mold.
- Dry wet areas right away. Mold spawns and grows with moisture, so if you find an area in your house that is wet, damp or moist, take care of it right away. This can happen from heavy rainfall, leaky pipes and even everyday incidents like spills on your carpeting. Make sure that if something is wet, that it is dried immediately to prevent mold from growing.
- Ventilate your home properly. Mold can begin forming even without a major devastation like a flood or a burst pipe. Things like cooking, showering or doing laundry are perfect platforms for mold to start forming. Make sure that if you are doing anything where there is moisture, condensation or liquid being used, that you are ventilating the air properly. Open windows and doors or use overhead fans to make sure all of the moisture in the area is taken out.
- Keep water away from your home. Another way to prevent mold from making its way into your home is by making sure that the ground outside of your home is sloped so that any water that is present can be directed away from the foundation. If the ground is sloped towards your home, water can collect there and seep into your foundation, causing mold and other structural issues.
- Improve the air flow in your home. As we move into fall and the temperatures drop, the air is unable to hold moisture. Without proper air flow within your home, that excess moisture can start to collect on your windows, walls and floors. This can be prevented by opening doors between rooms, move furniture away from the walls and open closet doors and they tend to be colder than other parts of your home. This constant flow of fresh air can prevent mold from growing.
Above all, make sure you have your home inspected regularly and if you do find that you have a mold problem, seek mold remediation in Scottville, MI immediately.