You may have seen our previous posts about the dangers of mold growth in your home– but what can you do to prevent this household hazard before it’s an issue? Learn how to proactively tackle those sneaky spores and keep your home healthy.
To reduce your mold risk, here are some things to consider:
- The key factor to reducing the risk of mold growth is reducing environmental humidity. To combat high humidity, try running your air conditioner, or installing a dehumidifier.
- If you live in an older home that has been retrofitted with better windows or insulation, ensure that your HVAC system has been upgraded as well. Newer insulation is better at trapping in humidity, and older HVAC systems may have a hard time ventilating the extra moisture in the air.
- Drainage issues or water leaks can also increase relative humidity, so be sure to install a water leak detector like WallyHome, which can alert you to slow, silent leaks.
- If possible, your home should be positively pressurized. This type of air pressure pushes air out of the home through microscopic cracks in the walls, rather than drawing it in. Running your air conditioner can help positively pressurize a home, while running your dryer or exhaust fan will negatively pressurize it.
- Corners are more likely to form mold as they have worse air circulation than the rest of the room. Fans can help to circulate air throughout the entire room.
- Don’t let mold conditions linger! If mold on building material is removed during the germination (initial growth) phase, there is likely minimal damage. However, if mold growth is left untreated over a long period of time, the building material can become saturated with mold spores and will have to be replaced. If you are unsure how long mold has been growing, contact a mold remediation specialist to do an inspection.
- Mold is more likely to grow around potted plants or aquariums that are constantly moist. Plants put out a fair bit of moisture while collections of plants will put out a lot of moisture. Make sure to pay special attention to these areas.
- Pay special attention to mold prone areas. Many suggest mold growth is most likely to occur in the following rooms (in order): Bedroom, children’s room, living room, bathroom or kitchen. If you’re concerned about mold growth in your home, these rooms are great places to monitor with Wally sensors.
We hope these tips help you prevent mold growth in your home! Have your own mold-busting secrets? Share them in the comments below!