They say prevention is better than cure, when it comes to mold it is best to prevent it before it even starts. Having mold in your home can be damaging, not only is it an expensive and time consuming home repair but also it poses many health effects such as allergy symptoms. But all of these can be prevented by following these 3 best practices that will keep the mold at bay.
Dry Wet Areas
One of the best ways to prevent molds from building up is to keep all surfaces dry. Keep in mind that molds rely on moisture to grow, so make it a practice of drying wet areas in your home right away. Repair roof and plumbing leaks immediately, dry the floor and walls after a shower, don’t let water build up anywhere even wet clothes in the washing machine and a spill on a carpet should not be overlooked and should be taken care of in an instant.
This practice might be a handful for some but it’s surely an effective way in keeping mold away. Plus you’ll get into a habit of cleaning things at once and a clean home is always a great place to be.
As simple as opening your window and letting the fresh air enter your home help prevent molds from growing, since open windows help increase the ventilation and air quality in your home. Plus, fresh air is beneficial not only to our health but also to our surroundings since it will help to reduce odors and stuffiness in a room that has been closed up. But, if the weather does not permit having an open window then you have to make sure the air flows freely in your home by using exhaust fans that vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. This will improve the air circulation and reduce moisture and keep mold away
Using a dehumidifier is a great way to remove moisture from the air that you weren’t able to prevent. It is advisable to have humidifiers in basements, crawl spaces and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow especially in the summer when the weather is hot and humid. Just keep in mind that when you use a dehumidifier, keep your windows and doors shut if it’s damp outside.