Mold Prevention

10 Ways you Can Prevent Mold
  1. Keep humidity levels as low as possible (usually between 30 and 50%). If needed, use a dehumidifier or your air conditioner for better moisture control.
  2. Repair leaks in your roof, walls, plumbing or foundation as quickly as possible. Keep gutters free of leaves and debris that could block openings or impede the flow of rainwater.
  3. If your home or office floods (due to weather, a cracked pipe, broken washer hose, etc.), the affected area should be cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours. If carpet or rugs cannot be dried quickly, they should be replaced.
  4. When cooking or bathing, use exhaust fans (or open windows) to circulate air. Also, make sure clothes dryers and stoves vent to the outside.
  5. Open doors and windows periodically to allow fresh air to circulate through the house or office space.
  6. Use mildew remover sprays in bathrooms to kill mildew before it becomes a bigger problem.
  7. Check crawl spaces and basements regularly for signs of standing or excess water.
  8. Add mold inhibitors to paints and stains, particularly if you live in a humid region, and avoid using wallpaper in rooms with a steady moisture source (such as a bathroom).
  9. Have your HVAC system checked annually and have ducts cleaned to make sure there are no signs of hidden moisture or mold growth.
  10. Make sure the ground slopes away from your foundation, and that you replace dirt lost due to erosion.

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