By Bert Gabledon
Mold is a very common problem, and it seems as though it covers everything. Mold spores are inert in our environment, but there are things you can do to prevent them from blossoming. SERVPRO has put together a list of four tips in order to prevent mold from developing:
1.) Control Precipitation And Moisture
Mold grows when there is enough water in the air and surroundings. One of the best ways to control mold is to keep the humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. You may want to purchase a moisture or humidity meter from a hardware store so that you can check the humidity percentage. The meter typically costs between $10 and $50, which is a relatively small price to pay. Remediating can cost a lot more.
2.) Avoid Letting Things Stay Wet
If there is a wet spot in your home, then you will need to dry it immediately. Make sure leaks in plumbing and water fixtures are fixed as soon as possible. It takes about 24 to 48 hours for mold to develop, but it is still important for you to get into the practice of keeping things dry.
Inspect all of the water fixtures. Check the pipes underneath the cabinets. Inspect the roof and make sure holes you find are plugged. See if the attic has water stains.
4.) Ensure Ventilation
You can ensure adequate airflow by cracking the windows open. This will help maintain the appropriate humidity level in your home. It will also prevent the home from feeling stuffy and smelling bad.