Spotting Mold At Home

Molds are found everywhere and some of them we even bring into our home on purpose—think about your blue cheese for a minute. But it’s the mold we don’t invite in that causes problems. Some people are not sensitive to mold, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an issue. For the people who do have sensitivities, mold symptoms can be subtle, such as nasal, throat and eye irritation, or more significant, in the form of coughing and wheezing, or respiratory infections.

Preventing mold in your house not only protects your friends and family, it also protects the physical structure of your home. Taking several simple steps can make your house less susceptible to mold and keep it a more enjoyable space for everyone.

Be proactive. Wherever there is a mold potential in your home, take steps now to reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew setting in. Leaky basements and roofs and poorly insulated windows are common culprits in the growth of mold. Addressing any moisture issues is now, will save time and money and reduce the risks of any health implications.

Control the humidity level.  Recommended humidity levels are between 30 and 60 percent. When you lower the humidity level, you’re lowering the likelihood of mold growth. Keeping your windows and pipes free of condensation is a good indicator you’re keeping your humidity levels in check. For a more measured analysis of your humidity levels, moisture meters are available at most local hardware stores.

Let some air in. Or out. The key here is ventilation. Venting your bathroom, laundry rooms and kitchen moves moisture-laden air out of your home quickly, and brings in cleaner, drier air.

Stop soaking in it. Thoroughly dry any wet area immediately. This can be as simple as moving your clothes in the washer to the dryer promptly. Or it could be a major project, such as removing water-damaged carpets. By keeping things dry, you’re cutting down on possible places for mold to grow.

Control the rain. At least control where it goes. Regular cleaning and inspection of rain gutters will make sure rain water being properly displaced. And well-designed landscaping will direct water on the ground away from your house.

Preventing mold comes down to one key point, the drier your house, the less likely mold will grow. By taking steps to cut down on the humidity and damp surfaces in your home, you’re protecting the structural integrity of your home and you’re setting yourself up for long-term mold-free living in your piece of the American dream. 

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