Spring has officially arrived, which means spring cleaning for many. At this hour it is wise to check for excess moisture that could lead to mold growth, and take steps to prevent mold from becoming a problem in the home.
The key to mold control is moisture control. Molds can grow on virtually any organic substance including wood, carpets, and insulation, and will often occur when excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials.
If not addressed, the presence and accumulation of mold can equal costly regarding repairs and, affect your home's indoor air quality and health of those with particular sensitivities. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
Here are some tips that can help control mold in your home:
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Identify and fix plumbing leaks and other water problems immediately.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows/walls/pipes, dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.
- When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24 to 48 hours after a leak or spill, in many cases, mold will not grow.
- Scrub any visible mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water; dry the area completely.
- Keep air conditioning drip pans clean; keep drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
- Keep indoor humidity relative, below 60% - ideally between 30-50%. Measure relative humidity with a moisture or humidity meter, available at many hardware stores.
- Consider the use of a quality air-purifier, especially if small children and pets are highly sensitive.
- An innovative natural remedy to reduce the amount of mold in the air of your home, is the plant English Ivy; read more by clicking on image (right) or here.