Few things will damage your home and your health as severely as an outbreak of mold. And, few home repairs will be as tedious or as costly either. The good news is that with a few simple steps you can take to help prevent the growth and spread of mold in your home, and the home care specialists from Charlotte, NC’s Killingsworth Environmental Home Services have shared these five tips to help put you on the right track.
How to Prevent Mold Growth at Home
Kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are hotbeds for heat and humidity, so that makes them prime locations for mold growth. You can help control humidity in these high-moisture areas by opening a window, turning on a fan or installing a ventilation system.
While mold can grow anywhere, it will grow fastest in the heat and humidity of the summer months. Keeping your doors or windows shut during heat waves and maintaining a constant, comfortable temperature with your HVAC system will help prevent an outbreak.
Quick Dry Rule
Mold is often a direct result of standing moisture. You can help ensure that basement seepage, standing water from your water heater, and even simple carpet spills are completely dried as quickly as possible.
Conduct a close inspection of your basement, attic, and garage to ensure that the areas are free from clutter as this will help open up airflow through your home. You can further increase airflow by moving furniture that blocks windows or HVAC vents.
One of the best ways to control moisture in your home is to install a dehumidifier. This might seem like a pricey solution, but a dehumidifier will dramatically reduce the amount of moisture in the air. When paired with a first-rate HVAC system it will dramatically reduce the risk of mold as well.
Calling in an environmental home professional is the best way to ensure your home and your health are protected from the dangers of mold. Call Killingsworth Environmental Home Services at (704) 563-8787 to learn how their qualified team can help you or visit them online for a complete list of their residential maintenance services.