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3 Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

3 Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew

Once mold is present in your home, it can be hard to get rid of. Mold spores travel easily, and they can lay dormant for years, waiting for water damage, warmth and humidity to finally thrive. Because of this, the best way to protect your home from mold damage is to prevent it. Keep these three mold prevention tips in mind to keep fungus growth from wreaking havoc on your home and your finances:

Control Your Indoor Climate

Mold needs warmth and moisture to thrive, which is why it often emerges during the summer months. However, mold growth can occur at any time of year if indoor conditions are right. Set your AC too high and you risk creating a moist environment; set it too low, and you risk crating cold surfaces where moisture is likely to condense. The best indoor temperature for preventing mold growth is a moderate 78 degrees F.

Look for Standing Water

Water damage is the number one cause for fungus growth in Laguna Beach, California homes. If water is allowed to sit for more than 24 hours, your mold risk goes up; if allowed to sit for 48-72 hours, chances are high that mold has already started to spread. Check beneath your sinks, behind your toilets, behind your washer, dryer and dishwasher and in your basement for standing water. If you find any, call in a mold remediation team right away to kill the mold, dry the wet surfaces and provide tips on how to prevent future infestations.

Use a Dehumidifier

Mold needs a humid environment to thrive, so reduce the risk of creating such an environment and invest in a dehumidifier. Though a quality unit will cost you a bit upfront, the price will be a drop in the bucket compared to the price of mold-remediation. Pricier units attach to your furnace and treat the air throughout the house, while cheaper units are great for keeping moisture out of small areas.

Water damage and a humid environment are all mold needs to thrive. Fortunately, prevention is easy, and by keeping the above three tips in mind, you can keep fungi at bay and your home in good condition.
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