Three Ways to Keep Mold Out of Your Home

Whether you have a mold allergy, some other respiratory sensitivity or no sensitivity at all, it's common knowledge that mold can have detrimental effects on your lifestyle. In addition to affecting your health, it can damage and destroy possessions and can even reduce the value of your house. So if you're trying to prevent a recurrence of a previous mold problem or even if you're just looking for best practices to prevent any such infestations from occurring, consider using the following methods to make your home less susceptible to mold. You can also ask a mold remediation specialist for tips on managing the mold risk in your particular region of the country. Here are three ways you can keep mold from settling inside your home.

1. Create an inhospitable atmosphere.

Checking your home's internal environment against the specifications mold requires to survive is a good place to start. Mold needs a food source and freedom from sunlight and prefers a humid environment so it can get the water it needs from the surrounding air. To diminish the risk of a mold colony forming, you can keep the humidity around all the food sources in your home down. To do this, you can use a hygrometer to measure humidity levels, and then use a dehumidifier if they're in the comfortable range for mold. Because the sun's UV rays can kill mold and mildew, another way to protect at-risk items is to increase natural light in the room or take the items outside and air them in the sun briefly. However, be careful with fragile items since sunlight may fade them.

2. Use anti-mold cleaners and paints.

You can use a mold-killing cleaner, such as bleach, when you clean at-risk areas in your home. The bathroom, for example, may offer a high-humidity environment for at least part of each day (more if you forget to use the fan during or after a shower). So even if you don't usually use strong chemicals like bleach, you may opt to do so in an effort to nip any mold spores in the bud if they try to start growing there. Or you could opt for another type of cleaner, such as lemon oil- or tea tree oil-based bathroom cleaner, which may also inhibit mold growth, though the results may vary. And using paints with mold inhibitors in them can be a great way to prevent mold from taking root, and since you don't have to spray it around daily or weekly, it can be a less risky way to fight mold than using chemical cleaners.

3. Use an air filtration system.

If visible mold is growing anywhere in your home, you can be sure it's shedding spores by the hundreds. This is because the visible part of the mold is the part that makes and distributes spores. But even if you can't see mold anywhere in your home, there are still mold spores in the air. They're so small you can't see them, and they drift inside whenever outdoor air comes into your house. Although air filtration can't get rid of existing mold, it can capture the mold particles that float into your home so they can't colonize in your basement, mudroom, or garage. Multiple air filtration options are available for this application, so ask your indoor air quality expert which is best for your situation.

These three steps will help you comprehensively reduce the likelihood of mold growing in your home. But if you do have any mold in your ventilation system or otherwise, consider contacting mold removal experts, such as Advanced Air Quality Services.