Mold can appear just about anywhere at anytime and at times it can feel like a loosing battle; but there are a number of easy to follow steps one can take to prevent mold from forming. Below are 8 steps which will really make it hard for mold to get a foothold in your home.
From leaking pipes under the kitchen sink, in the attic, basement and behind drywall to flood damage – these are all the main ingredients in mold formation. Standing water is the primary source of this terrible fungi and if you are serious about preventing mold infestations in the home then regular leak inspections are vital.
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 such as behind drywall a hygrometer will come in 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. Which 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 summer months. Lowering indoor humidity levels by investing in a high quality dehumidifier is a highly 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.
Air purifiers with HEPA filters remove up to 99% of all impurities out of the air we breathe. Some of these impurities include pollen, dust and even mold spores which is great news for those who have allergy problems. The only downsides are that HEPA air purifiers can be expensive and one will only cover a small area; usually one room and maybe 2 rooms at best. Which is why its best to purchase a couple or only use one in problem areas of the house.
Not many people know this, but whenever you water the soil around indoor 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 indoors 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 of this tea to the water you give your plants will help deter mold growth.
Mold spores are literally everywhere.. both indoors and outside. If the conditions in your home are right then it won’t be long before those spores develop into full blown 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 in the fight against preventing mold. A regular vacuum cleaner will work fine but for best results a HEPA vacuum cleaner would be ideal.
If you leave wet clothes in the washing machine or in a pile somewhere for long enough the chances of mold forming are pretty good. Mold on clothes will destroy the material and trigger allergies as well as cause skin rashes when wearing. Always be sure to hang wet clothing outside in the sun or immediately put them in a dryer.
Cleaning the drip tray beneath the refrigerator a few times a year is essential when it comes to preventing mold. Reason being that the tray itself attracts dust, various kinds of bacteria and mold.