Prevent Mold In The Home, 3 Methods – Mold Inspections Bergen County, NJ
The emphasis on home energy efficiency has created an environment in Bergen County, NJ and beyond where the air doesn’t flow nearly as well as it does in older houses. Moisture mixed with poor ventilation and stagnant air can easily encourage the growth of mold and mildew. So, it’s worth learning ways to prevent mold in the home.
Mold not only causes structural damage, but it’s also a health hazard in the home. People with lung conditions, certain allergies, or asthma can suffer from the presence of mold. Mold spores will float in the air, land on objects and spread all around a home. Read on to learn more on how to spot mold and then also what can be done to prevent it.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that needs moisture to thrive. It can grow on anything, including from food to cloth, from wood to wallpaper, and from furnishings to cardboard. Mold colors range from deep blue to brown to yellow and black. The good news is that there are methods for prevention and removal.
The Areas Of A Home To Check for Mold
Look for Excess Moisture
Mold requires moisture to grow. The methods used to prevent mold in a home include checking for leaky windows, looking for any excess moisture, sometimes stemming from air conditioning vents, and excess moisture in the bathrooms. Mold can easily grow on window frames, then spread down a wall, settle into baseboards, and on hardwood floors or carpeting.
Excess moisture after showering in the bathroom will seep into drywall and insulation. The bathroom is an obvious place for mold growth, so they should be well-ventilated. Leave a door or a window open to vent steam during and after a shower. Wipe down walls, window frames, and doors. And check for leaks beneath the bathroom cabinets.
The Ways to Prevent Mold in the Home
Ideally, humidity inside a home is 20 to 40 percent. Mold actually needs 60+ percent humidity to establish itself and grow. Dehumidifiers pass air over coils, removing humidity from the air and passing it back along as dry air. Removing the moisture from the air is a standard method for preventing mold in the home. Using fans will increase ventilation and also serve to supplement a dehumidifier.
Keep it Clean
Thorogh cleaning can rid a home of any existing mold, so it doesn’t have the chance to spread. Throwing away mildewed drapes, shower curtains and carpets will certainly help. See mold growing anywhere on surfaces or walls, clean it using bleach and water or a borax solution. Suspect that there is a more deep-seated mold issue, it may not be safe to try and clean it up. If so, contact this mold inspector and follow our recommendations.
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