Mold can be good, but it can also be very bad. Mold helps in making medicine like penicillin but it can be very bad because it can grow undetected in your home. Once it is found, it can be cleaned but never fully erased. It can grow anywhere: on the carpet, clothing, food, and even paper. A lot of times mold contamination will happen in places that you can’t see like: behind wall paper, inside walls and around pipes, under the carpet, and under ceiling tiles. Unfortunately, you can’t mold proof your home, but you can make it mold resistant. Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as pulling up the carpet in a wet basement, installing mold resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Knowing the steps and how to prevent mold from growing in your home can save you thousands of dollars down the road.
Here are a few ways to prevent mold from growing in your home:
- Dry wet areas immediately. Whether you are experiencing major damage from a pipe bursting and flooding a room, or something as simple as a spilled drink, it needs to be cleaned and dried as soon as possible. When taking a shower, be sure to wipe down the walls when you get out so there is no standing water.
- Always use proper ventilation. When taking a shower, or cooking be sure to turn on the vent fans. The steam will cause water to sit, which then causes mold to form. Mold can’t grow without moisture. Be sure to tackle wet areas right away to stop the formation of mold.
- Direct outside flowing water away from your home.
- Even everyday items need attention. Don’t leave wet clothes in the washer for long periods of time. Mold is capable of growing in this area almost instantly.
- Improve air flow in your home. As temperatures drop, the air is not able to hold as much moisture. It is important to monitor humidity indoors. Mold grows best in wet, warm conditions.
If you have found surface mold in your home, don’t rely on DIY methods of cleaning and removal. If mold has become visible around window sills, on the bathroom ceiling, or around the caulking in your bath or shower, then you can guarantee there is a much bigger mold contamination problem under the surface.
Many people rely on bleach cleaners to destroy surface mold and while the bleach may help eliminate some of the surface mold problems, but it will not penetrate deep into the source of the mold problem and completely remove it.