Mold is found just about everywhere, but usually in small amounts. When the spores begin to multiply, the health and wellness of your family is at risk. If you don’t know how to check your home for mold or how to protect it, it is time to learn to preserve the longevity of your home and the health of your family.
The number one culprit in mold growth is water leaks. While you probably think of leaks occurring to your pipes – don’t overlook the problem that leaking roofs or windows can cause. Several times per year take a close inspection of your home – including every nook and cranny to see if there is any evidence of wet or soft spots or obvious rot. If you see it, try to determine the culprit and contact the appropriate professional, whether it is your roofing contractor or a plumber.
Every home should have between 30 to 50 percent humidity in the home. Any more than that and you are inviting mold into your home. Use the appropriate fans and exhaust systems in the bathroom when you are showering. If the steam is excessive, you can even crack the window to let the steam escape your room. When you are working in the kitchen, whether cooking or washing dishes, use the exhaust fan on your stove to circulate the air.
All of the vents in your home should allow full circulation of the air. Even if you run your air conditioner on a very humid day, if it can’t circulate throughout the room due to a blocked vent, it is useless. Ensure proper air flow throughout the room and install an air purifier if the air seems especially stale in certain areas of the home, just make sure to clean the filter regularly to avoid recycling dirty air into the room.
If you are proactive about mold growth in your home, you can prevent it. If on the off chance that you do find mold growth, avoid dealing with it yourself. Call a professional that can properly isolate and contain the mold. If you do not remove it the proper way, you run the risk of spreading its spores throughout your home, making the damage worse instead of better.