Mold can appear just about anywhere at anytime and can oftentimes feel like a loosing battle. Prevention is better than cure, which is why we will share these 10 easy to follow guidelines on how to prevent mold from forming in your home.
Regular leak inspections are vital because leaking pipes under the kitchen sink, in the attic, basement and behind drywall to flood damage are the primary causes of mold formation.
When flood damage has occurred water needs to be removed as soon as possible and all affected surfaces dried. Additionally, any leaking pipes ought to be fixed too. For areas out of sight like behind drywall, a moisture meter will come in extremely handy to check moisture levels.
Leftover foods and liquids left inside your kitchen dustbin can start forming mold in as little as 24 hours. Not only does this create an unbearable stench but spores also get released into the air which can trigger allergies and settle in other parts of your home. This is why its strongly recommended to not leave trash in indoor dustbins for longer than a day.
High levels of indoor humidity creates the perfect environment for mold growth which is why the fungi is most common during the spring and summer months. Lowering indoor humidity levels by investing in a high quality dehumidifier is an extremely effective way to prevent pesky indoor mold from forming. You can purchase a dehumidifier that can cover your entire house which is ideal for those who live in humid areas. However, if you are experiencing humidity problems in certain parts of your home then a smaller and much more affordable humidifier will be sufficient.
Spilling water or other liquids onto carpets does happen from time to time but it’s all too often that many of us leave it to air dry on its own – especially if not much was spilled to begin with. Stopping this habit is essential in preventing mold in the home. The best best thing to do in the event of a spillage on the carpet, no matter how minor, is to sprinkle some baking soda over it. Baking soda does an excellent job at extracting and absorbing liquids. Leave it on for an hour or two before vacuuming the powder up.
Air purifiers with HEPA filters remove up to 99.95% of all impurities such as pollen and dust out of the air we breathe. These HEPA air purifiers capture and remove not only odors but mold spores too thereby greatly minimizing pesky allergy symptoms within sensitive people. Additionally, the less spores in your home the less likely it is that you will have mold.
Not many people know this, but whenever you water the soil around plants you are creating the ideal breeding ground for mold. Mold growing on plants and its surrounding soil is very common and indoor plants are not immune to this at all. Removing plants from the indoor environment could be a solution but these plants play a vital role in keeping indoor air clean – much like an organic air purifier. Luckily there is an easy solution – taheebo tea. This tea is renowned for its many wonderful health benefits and adding a bit to the water you give your plants will help prevent mold growth.
Mold spores are literally everywhere.. both indoors and outside. If the conditions in your home (humidity or a water source) are right then it won’t be long before those spores develop into mold. A HEPA air purifier will work wonders with eliminating airborne spores but the ones that have settled down onto surfaces will be a problem. This is why dusting and vacuuming your entire home on a weekly basis is vital. A regular vacuum cleaner won’t be nearly as effective as a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner will.
If you leave wet clothes in the washing machine or in a pile somewhere for long enough the chances of mold forming are pretty much guaranteed. Not only does this ruin the fabric and trigger allergies but it also causes uncomfortable skin rashes when wearing. Always be sure to hang wet clothing outside in the sun or immediately put them in a dryer.
Cleaning and emptying the drip tray beneath the refrigerator a few times a year is essential because it contains stagnant water. The tray itself attracts dust and various kinds of bacteria over time and the standing water creates the ideal conditions for mold. Learn more about refrigerator mold here.
To prevent mold in the basement can be tricky at best and although running a dehumidifier periodically does wonders but the best way to combat this is by keeping the soil surrounding the basement as dry as possible. This can be done by making sure the soil outside is sufficiently sloped away from your home so that water will be unable to collect and seep into the basement foundation.