Mold can grow virtually anywhere. Where there’s moisture, there’s a risk of mold. It can grow in and around sinks, in your bathroom, a basement or crawl space area, and even on the walls throughout your house.
Mold is not only unsightly but is also a health concern. It can trigger allergy symptoms and even lead to more serious ailments. Preventing it in your home helps you avoid eye irritation, congestion, and other allergy-related symptoms.
The two contributing factors for mold growth are organic materials, which mold needs to feed on, and moisture. In a house there are always plenty of organic materials for mold to live on such as wood, drywall and various other building materials. Moisture is often present due to many factors, including regular water use and sometimes faulty plumbing. The good news is moisture that contributes to mold can be controlled.
The prevention of mold involves taking some proactive steps as a homeowner.
- Keeping the moisture level low by utilizing a dehumidifier is an excellent way to control mold growth, especially in damp areas like basements. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow, especially in hot humid climates. Clean these appliances weekly.
- Don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine where mold can quickly grow. As soon as your laundry is finished washing, remove it from the washer and either hang it to dry or dry thoroughly in the dryer.
- Since bathroom areas are used daily they provide the ideal environment for mold growth. Regular cleanings and running the vent fan will go a long way for prevention. Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles regularly with mold-killing products. Be sure to wipe shower walls and doors after use.
- Don’t overdo it with too many indoor plants. Plants are a common and beautiful addition to many homes, but they also can harbor mold in the soil and pots. Keep plants in areas where they have a chance to get airflow and be on the lookout for mold. If you notice moldy soil simply repot the plant with a clean pot and new soil, or move the plants outdoors as weather permits.
- Fix any leaks in the house. A slight drip from a pipe might not seem like an urgent matter but it can lead to mold growth. If you notice a leak, have it repaired and clean up the surrounding area to remove any moisture.
- Install a moisture barrier in crawl spaces and keep the area well-ventilated. Though it may seem that nothing can be harmed by moisture sitting in the crawl space, as it is typically just dirt, there are still some negative effects from it holding moisture. Keeping the area as dry as possible and putting in a moisture barrier is vital for mold prevention.
- On concrete floors, remove carpet and use area rugs that can be washed. Consider installing a vapor barrier over the concrete.
- Prevent mold by minimizing condensation. Condensation forms on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. Often you’ll see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows. It’s difficult to prevent all condensation, but using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms will help greatly in those spaces.
At MoldX we take your indoor air quality very seriously. We proudly offer mold remediation services that will eliminate existing mold problems and prevent future growth in your home. Visit us online or contact us at (804) 377-6653 to find out more about how we can help you with your indoor air concerns.