Mold and mildew grow year-round, causing allergies, headaches, fatigue, and many more unwanted symptoms. These unwanted guests can also cause significant damage to your home if left untended. Here are 5 ways to keep your home mold-free so you can keep your air clean and your house in good condition year-round.
5 Ways to Keep Your Home Mold-Free
There are many different ways to prevent mold and mildew growth. Here are our five top favorite ways to keep your home mold free.
- Address condensation as soon as you can.
Condensation occurs when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. It’s usually found on windows, but can also be located on walls and pipes. While it might seem like a minor inconvenience now, it can greatly accelerate the growth of mold and mildew because it provides the perfect environment for these visitors to grow.
Condensation in your home usually occurs because of an imbalance between interior and exterior temperatures. It’s also possible for poor window seals to contribute to accumulation. Dehumidifiers can help combat condensation by reducing the amount of moisture in the air. You should also consider checking the seals on your windows and replacing the seals – or the windows – altogether.
Opening your window a couple times per day can also help reduce the accumulation of moisture in the air.
- Fix water leaks as soon as possible.
That small drip in the bathroom sink might not seem like a big deal right now, but over time it contributes to the amount of moisture in the room. By fixing plumbing leaks as soon as you notice them, you prevent the accumulation of moisture in the air that contributes to mold and mildew growth.
- Clean your HVAC systems at least twice a year.
If your house has an HVAC system, be sure to clean the system at least twice per year. Spores and airborne particles can easily become trapped in HVAC systems that aren’t cleaned regularly, causing long-term problems. Regular cleanings can help prevent the environments that molds and mildews like to inhabit.
- Air out your home regularly.
The hot spots to watch out for are your bathroom and your kitchen. If you can, consider using dehumidifiers or running fans when the space is in use. Opening the room’s windows, if possible, is another great way to keep airflow moving and prevent moisture from accumulating.
- Have a professional mold remediation specialist clean and remove mold from your home.
Cleaning mold is more than just addressing the surface growth you see under your sink, in your kitchen, or in your bathroom. Mold grows because of an excess amount of moisture in the room. There are many potential causes of excess moisture, such as leaking pipes and faulty seals, which can be especially difficult to find when hidden behind walls or in ceilings.
Tidal Wave Response has specialized equipment to detect these hidden sources of moisture. We’ll find and restore issues found to help you save on expensive long-term repairs.
Tidal Wave Response Atlanta
If you think you may have mold growth in your home, call Tidal Wave Response Atlanta. Our team is experienced at not only cleaning mold, but finding and removing the source of the problem so that mold doesn’t grow back immediately. Our hotline is available 24/7, and we’ll arrive at your metro-area property in an hour or less for those unexpected late-night emergency calls.