Mold is not the homeowner's friend, and any homeowners who have had dealings with it are probably anxious to avoid a rematch. Whether it occurred after the last hurricane came through because you couldn't get the water damage cleaned up in time or whether it was a result of a chronically damp basement, you can take measures to keep it from coming back. Here are four steps to naturally discouraging mold growth in your home.
1. Encourage natural light to come in. Natural light is not only great for keeping lighting bills low and providing you with Vitamin D, but it's also full of UV rays, which are capable of destroying lots of things including mold. Natural lighting doesn't have to involve direct sunlight; dappled light can also carry some UV rays, so keeping the curtains open can help any exposed areas of wall to have reduced incidence of mold and mildew.
2. Keep the humidity levels low. High humidity is like waving a big flag outside your house that invites mold in to tea. Mold loves humidity, and dry air can make it shrivel up and slow its growth significantly as well as preventing it from bothering to take root in the first place. Using dehumidifiers to keep the humidity levels in your home low and using fans to circulate that drier air into corners where dampness likes to collect can go a long way towards keeping mold from settling.
And any water spillage--from a child knocking over a water glass to a full-blown pipe-bursting water damage situation--will need to be cleaned up immediately if you want to avoid adding mold to the mix. Not only does water damage provide a hospitably damp surface, but it can make the nearby air really humid as well.
3. Improve ventilation. In addition to using small fans in damp corners, improving overall ventilation in your home is a good idea as well. Use the ventilation fan in the bathroom when taking a shower, open windows to air your house out occasionally (as long as outdoor air quality is okay), and be sure to leave the door open if a room is especially humid.
4. Inspect for mold frequently. Mold is insidious in that it can take root invisibly; it's only when the fruiting bodies (spore-producing bits) appear that you can actually see it. So you have to keep a weather eye out and make sure that if any of these do appear you can nip them in the bud before they blossom into a full-blown infestation. These four steps will help you manage the atmosphere inside your home to keep it evenly inhospitable to mold spores looking for a good place to land and start a family.
Next time you have water damage, get it cleaned up right away with the help of a company like Spotless Carpet Cleaners & Janitorial Services Inc so you can avoid problems with mold.