Preventing Mold Growth In Your Home

It’s an issue that often goes undiscussed. But it can have a major impact on the health of your family. Are you taking proper steps to prevent the unnecessary growth of mold in your home?
The EPA gives several tips on how to prevent the growth of mold in various rooms:

LAUNDRY ROOM. Make sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outdoors. An improperly vented dryer will increase humidity in the room. Humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air. If humidity is high, this means there is more moisture in the air, thus creating a more suitable environment for the growth of mold.

BASEMENT. It is common for rooms such as basements to become too humid. For cases such as this, a dehumidifier may be used to help prevent mold growth. A dehumidifier can be purchased at most department stores, with prices starting around $50.00.

KITCHEN. Activities such as washing dishes and cooking may also increase humidity. It is important to use the stove’s exhaust hood to draw moisture and heat out of the kitchen. An exhaust hood should be vented to the outdoors.

BATHROOM. A great deal of water is run in the bathroom, especially when showering. This creates excessive moisture which can lead to mold growth. It is important to run the bathroom’s exhaust fan or open a window when showering.

BEDROOM AND CLOSETS. If you are noticing mold on items such as clothing or furnishings, the room’s humidity is likely too high. Try to keep the indoor humidity between 30% and 50%. If it is not humid outside, open windows to allow fresh air into your home. A humidifier may also be used.

CEILINGS AND WALLS. Water from a roof leak may seep into a wall and cause the paint to buckle and peel. Before painting over these areas, fix the water problem.

GENERAL. Keep your home and furnishings dry. If things get wet, dry them quickly. This should be done within 24 to 48 hours.

If you suspect a mold problem in your home, it may be time to call a professional for evaluation. Mold Terminator is always available to assist you in this area. Feel free to contact us at (901) 877-8855 or [email protected].

1. Environmental Protection Agency Website. 24 February 2016
2. Climate Education for K-12. 24 February 2016