How to Prevent Mold in your home
Mold is a common problem in homes that is not normally covered in your homeowner’s insurance policy. We here at SERVPRO of Ames have a few ideas to help prevent mold growth in your home.
If you follow these quick and easy tips, you can prevent mold from occurring in the first place, instead of trying to remove it.
15 Tips & Tricks to Prevent Mold in your home
- Before painting areas likely to have mold, add mold inhibitors to your paint.
- When cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, two areas with a lot of moisture, use mold-killing cleaning products.
- Do not put carpets in areas that have a lot of moisture, such as basements.
- The ground around your home should slope away from the foundation to prevent water from entering your home or collecting around it.
- Remove or replace wet carpets that cannot dry properly.
- Keep the humidity in your home between 40 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity in your home with a fairly inexpensive humidity meter from your local hardware store.
- Cold surfaces, such as water pipes, can create condensation and mold. Cover these surfaces with insulation.
- Using air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and fans can help to remove excess moisture and condensation.
- Check under indoor plants to make sure water is not accumulating.
- Make sure your roof and roof gutters are cleaned frequently and repaired immediately.
- Make sure the drip pan below your air conditioning unit is clean and all of your drain lines are flowing properly.
- When leaving home unattended be sure to keep on the air conditioning, to help keep airflow in the house.
- If your basement, or any other part of your home, floods, thoroughly clean and dry everything and call SERVPRO to check for mold growth.
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as dryers or stoves, outdoors.
- When you shower, cook, or run the dishwasher or clothes dryer, use an exhaust fan or open a window to let excess moisture escape.
Remember that condensation can be a sign of excess humidity, which can cause mold to grow. Contact us, here at SERVPRO of Ames, regardless of what type of mold it is, to remove it professionally.
In case of mold growth, Contact your local SERVPRO of Ames to set up your appointment today.