Mold can spread anywhere in your home: in bathrooms and kitchens, under furniture, in carpet, even behind the walls and under the floors of your home. The spores spread everywhere, and are often present in your home even if you don't see mold. How can you fight it? By putting these tips into practice:
- Dry wet areas in your home immediately.
Anywhere there is moisture, mold soon follows. Wet clothes should be put into the dryer immediately to avoid the growth of mold. Dry the bathroom floor after showers and hang towels to dry. If your carpets become wet, have them dried as soon as possible.
- Use proper ventilation.
Kitchens can get steamy when you are boiling a batch of pasta. Open a window or run an exhaust fan to ensure that moisture finds its way outside. Dehumidifiers can help in damp areas like basements.
- Make sure that water outside is directed away from the home.
When water puddles around your foundation, it can leak into your basement or the crawlspace under your house. Gutters should move water away and the ground around the house should be sloped to prevent rainwater from puddling.
- Keep gutters clear.
When leaves and debris build up in your gutters, water can't flow through and away from the home. If gutters are leaky, have them repaired so that they can transport rain away from where it can do harm.
- Improve the air flow in your home.
Keep furniture a little away from the wall so that air can circulate. Keep doors open between rooms. In cold weather, open closet doors. These are all especially important during cold spells. Cold air cannot hold as much moisture, so it collects on surfaces instead.
- Tackle problem areas in your home.
Is there a spot on the ceiling that indicates a leaky roof? Does your basement tend to flood? Do you notice condensation often on windows inside your home? By addressing water that is getting inside, you can rob mold of the moisture that they need to grow.
- Eliminate clutter in your home.
Shelves full of knick knacks, piles of stuffed animals and other clutter cut down on the air circulation in your home. When air can't move around, it collects moisture, which leads to mold. Consider putting some items in storage and rotating through favorites throughout the year.
Through a few changes and updates and regular vigilance, you can stop the growth of mold in your home. While prevention is key, a current mold problem may be harder to handle. Consider getting professional mold remediation help to clean out the mold and prevent it from coming back.
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