When you find out that you have mold in your home, it can be absolutely devastating! However, there are things you can do to help prevent mold growth in the first place.
1- Keep windows and doors shut while AC is on. When they are open, not only are you wasting money, but you are letting humid air into your cool home. This will cause condensation, which can lead to mold. If you leave your home for vacation, keep the temperature around 80 degrees or lower. During the hot summer days, its important to keep the AC on. If you shut it off, the temperature and humidity will rise, and your home now becomes a great place for mold growth.
2- Inspect your AC Unit. Make sure you have the right size unit for your home. If it is too small, the unit will run continuously. You wont notice a temperature change, but you will see an increase in cost. When your AC unit is too big, it will continuously start and stop, wasting money and energy. Have you AC unit properly sized for your home. Make sure your AC unit is operating correctly. Do you have it set at the right temperature, are the coils are clean, its cycling periodically, and that it is blowing cool air?
3- Maintain humidity levels- You want your humidity levels to be around 40-55%. When you hit above 70% relative humidity, that makes a great environment for mold growth. If you don’t have a humidity monitor, you can purchase one for approximately $20.
4- De-clutter your home- Too much clutter in your home can block airflow, preventing your HVAC system from circulating the air. Furniture and curtains can also prevent airflow, which leads to condensation, and in the end, creates the perfect environment for mold growth. Schedule a routine cleaning and declutter your home. Avoid blocking the vents with furniture. Keeping consistent air flow is key for mold prevention.
5- Keep water from your foundation- Make sure you are utilizing your gutters, and keeping water at least 3-6 feet away from your foundation.
6- Keep Home Clean & Dry- Routinely clean fabrics and store them in a dry place. If you notice spots on clothing, towels, or other fabrics, remove them from your home. Have your air ducts inspected and cleaned every 3-5 years.
7- Disinfect your home- Check areas for mold often. Common sources of mold are basements, crawlspaces, attics, floorboards, bathrooms and kitchens (around tubs and faucets). You can routinely inspect under your sinks, and around your bathroom and basement for any mold issues. Once noticed, you can use a commercial disinfectant and fungicide to clean up.
8- Purchase a Dehumidifier- if you have high moisture levels in your home, you will need a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture. If you only need it for a smaller area, you are looking at around $100-$200. Otherwise, a household dehumidifier that connects to your furnace, can range $1,500-$2,000. A dehumidifier is a great investment for you home.
Mold issues can cost you thousands in repairs. It is also dangerous to your health. When you find mold in your home, you can rely on the professionals at Crew Construction and Restoration. Our team will work with you in restoring your property, and we will educate you on the proper steps to avoid future mold problems in your home. Contact Crew today!
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