Get Ahead of the Game
- If deciding to paint your home, add mold inhibitors to your paint.
- When cleaning areas inside your home that see the most moisture such as your kitchen and bathrooms, always clean with a mold-killing product.
- Carpet often helps trap moisture underneath and can be the perfect environment for mold growth if in an area that is always moist, such as a basement or sunroom.
- The area surrounding your home should always be sloping away from the house to prevent any pooling or water flow underneath your house.
- Make sure drip pans underneath appliances such as an air conditioning unit, dishwasher or refrigerator are not overflowing or spilling onto the floor.
- Check your indoor plants to see if water is gathering and possibly leaking onto the floor as well.
- A visual inspection under your sinks and toilets can also help to identify if there is a broken seal or a pipe that may be leaking.
- Whenever there is a spill, water leak, overflowing sink or tub be sure to always clean it up immediately.
- Always remove or replace any carpet that is not able to properly dry, this will help prevent any mold growth that may occur due to saturation.
- Any piping that remains cold often creates condensation, this can easily be fixed by insulating those pipes.
- Have you noticed moisture or water seeping through your windows after a heavy rain? If so it may be time to inspect those windows and make sure there are no gaps and that a weather proof sealant or strip is properly installed.
Turn Up the Air Flow and Increase the Ventilation
- Whenever it’s nice out, be sure to open those windows and doors to easily help ventilate and move air around your home.
- Same thing goes for when you are showering, cooking, running the dishwasher or let’s say cleaning your laundry; make sure you have those windows open to bring air flow into those rooms. An even better idea is to use an exhaust fan while you are cleaning in your kitchen or cleaning up in your bathroom.