Five Tips For Mold Control
Did you know that mold can take root in your home in as little as twenty-four hours? Moreover, it can lead to immense property damage as it grows on any surface like carpets, cupboards, and clothes, and even deep within walls and on ceiling tiles, making it a frustrating problem for homeowners to deal with. Mold infestations can also impact the quality of your health by causing respiratory congestion, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness.
As a result, it is vital to prevent mold from rearing its ugly head before it devastates your health and your home. However, for the untrained eye, it’s easy to miss signs of a mold infestation until it’s too late. Also, not all mold problems present an odor, so you may have a serious problem and not even know it because you can’t see or smell it.
To help you avoid the devastation on an infestation, the mold removal specialists at Baystate Mold Advisors have put together a list of five tips for mold control. Through these tips, you will learn the most effective means to bypass mold related troubles.
Tip #1: Leave your bath fan on.
If you have an exhaust or bath fan, you should run it for a minimum of twenty minutes after each shower. Install a timer so you won’t have to worry about running back to turn it off.
Tip #2: Keep the humidity low.
High humidity levels is your enemy indoors. Try to keep the moisture to around 50% RH (relative humidity). In the basement, use a dehumidifier and set it on the floor or keep it just slightly elevated. If you can, try to use a dehumidifier with an automatic pump, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to empty the bucket. Also, there’s no need to set it lower than 40% RH. Mold grows at 62% RH, and as most dehumidifiers are not super accurate, we recommend the 50% setting. Invest in a humidistat as well to monitor the RH on each floor of your house.
Tip #3: Service your HVAC regularly.
Take note of your ventilation system in each room because a faulty central air conditioner (HVAC) may cool, but not dry the air, and it takes only twenty-four hours of high humidity for mold to start getting a foothold. Have your HVAC serviced every year and verify if it is drying the air as well as cooling it. Try to plan your servicing just before summertime, as high humidity during this season can cause many homes to become unhealthy.
Tip #4: Fix leaking pipes.
If you have a leaking pipe, it is essential to not only stop the leak but get the water cleaned up and the area around the source of the leak dried ASAP. That’s because mold can start to grow immediately if your walls soak up water and remain damp.
Tip #5: Check for ice dam leaks.
If you have ice dams that leak into an interior wall, you need to fix the ice dam ASAP and open the wall to get it dry! Air movers and fans must be used to dry the water as exterior walls have insulation which does not allow the water to evaporate on its own. If you skip the drying process, it will result in your wall incubating the mold. Also, if the wall is left wet for long, then the probability of toxic black mold growing behind that wall is high.
If you’re worried about mold infestation in your home, reach out to Baystate Mold Advisors. We are top rated mold cleaning and removal experts in Brockton, MA, and we help you maintain a healthy home by clearing the air and getting rid of mold and other pollutants contaminating your residence. We also specialize in foundation crack repairs and home inspections to help you find the perfect new home or fix up a house they want to sell.