Below are mold growth prevention tips that are sure to help prevent mold growth in your home:
Basements: these can be damp areas of your home, especially if you have a stone basement, so it is always a good idea to run a dehumidifier year round to keep humidity below 50%. Check on a regular basis for leaks in the foundation which may show up in pools of water on the basement floor, carpet or drywall. It’s always a good idea to make sure your sump pump is working properly or has a battery backup.
Bathrooms: due to high moisture and humidity in these rooms, regular cleaning and proper ventilation are recommended as well as fixing plumbing leaks promptly. Even a small drip of water over time can result in mold growth.
Attics: while not normally damp area of the home, there can be great variations in temperature and humidity levels. Make sure you have proper ventilation, air flow and proper amounts of insulation. Check for leaks and ice damming and make sure any leak is quickly repaired by a professional roofing company and make sure any venting from a kitchen or bathroom is pointed to an air vent to pump air to the outside.
HVAC/A/C units: make sure drip trays are emptied out on a regular basis and your unit’s drain hose is properly draining into a drain area and not into sheetrock or carpeting. Regular maintenance to your HVAC is important as well.
It’s also important to pay attention to your landscaping and gutters and make sure water is directed out and away from your home and not pooling along the foundation. When water pools it can slowly make its way into your basement over time creating a breeding ground for damage to drywall, framing or carpet and pad and mold to grow.
A little prevention can go a long way in minimizing and preventing mold growth in your home!