Mold can cause health issues, such as skin irritation, runny nose, headache, sore throat, wheezing, and coughing. Mold affects air quality in the house, increasing the risk of developing respiratory problems. Several factors can increase moisture levels and create an ideal environment for mold. Below are some tips to help you prevent mold in the home.
Clean Spills to Prevent Mold in the Home
Moisture is a breeding ground for mold. Take the time to wipe up spills. Hang wet towels to dry or put them in the clothes dryer instead of tossing them on the floor. Wipe up any water from the bathroom floor after bathing the kids or showering. Clean up and air out any wet areas in your home.
Monitor Humidity Levels
Everyday household activities like doing laundry, taking a shower, and cooking can encourage mold growth. Use your home’s ventilation fans in the laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen. If you notice your home is humid, turn on the air conditioning system or run a dehumidifier to get moisture levels under control.
Cleaning Your Gutters is an Effective Way of Preventing Mold
Mold can grow as a result of a leaking roof or clogged gutters. Gutters are essential because they channel water away from the home and protect the foundation and exterior walls from water damage. Clogged gutters can’t effectively direct water away from the home and increase the chance of mold growth.
Increase Air Flow
Ventilation systems are helpful for improving air circulation and reducing moisture in the air. Use your fans or open windows to bring fresh air into your home. Bathroom and kitchen fans should be used when showering or cooking to help pull moist air out of the home.
Repair Leaks to Prevent Mold in the Home
Minor leaks in your plumbing system may cause mold growth in your home. Keep an eye out for damp areas under the sink, near the dishwasher, and beneath the water heater. Hire a professional to inspect your home if you suspect you may have a plumbing issue.
Taking steps to prevent mold in the home will improve indoor air quality and your family’s health.
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