Tips to Control Moisture and Prevent Mold

Mold has the ability to grow anywhere as long as there is enough moisture present. The key to preventing mold is to keep the moisture level to a minimum. Utilize these tips to do just that!

  1. Whether a pipe bursts, a faucet leaks, or water is spilled, mold will have the potential to grow. Make sure the leak is fixed, the water is soaked up, and the area is dried within 24 to 48 hours; otherwise your home is at risk for an infestation of mold.
  2. Clean your gutters out regularly of any leaves and debris. Clogged gutters can cause rainwater to not properly drain which can lead to roof leaks. Roof leaks can cause a serious amount of water damage on your ceilings, walls, and in your attic.
  3. If your windows are fogging up or collecting moisture, your home’s humidity is too high. Keep the indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent. You can regulate the humidity level by utilizing a dehumidifier.
  4. Turn on the bathroom exhaust fan every time someone takes a shower or bath. Steam from the hot water will increase that room’s humidity and collect on all of the fixtures and walls. If your bathroom has a shower, but not an exhaust fan, install one immediately.
  5. Install and use the proper ventilation systems for appliances that emit a high level of moisture. Turn on the range hood while using the stovetop, have a properly installed vent for your clothes dryer and make sure it is cleaned regularly, etc.

Controlling the moisture level in your house and keeping it to a minimum will help you prevent mold from growing in your home. A common place for mold to grow is in the ductwork of a forced air HVAC system. Rely on the professionals at EnviroGreen Boston to remediate this mold and allow your system to run properly. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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