Mold is a serious problem that any homeowner might face, but it is surprisingly commonplace. High moisture levels dramatically increase the likelihood of mold growth in the kitchen, bathroom, and basement. Because mold remediation is expensive and involved, taking steps to prevent mold growth is the best way to protect your family and the structure of your home.

Keep Your Bathroom Clean and Well-Ventilated

Mold needs moisture to thrive, making the bathroom a prime spot for it to flourish. Clean and disinfect your bathroom regularly to get rid of mold spores in the corners of your shower or on the tile grout. Turn on the bathroom fan to remove moisture from the air whenever you shower or bathe. Run the ventilation fan for 5 to 10 minutes after your shower or bath.

Maintain Even Humidity Levels to Prevent Mold Growth

To prevent mold growth, manage indoor humidity levels throughout every season. When the weather is hot in the summer, use a dehumidifier to pull dampness from the air. In the winter, when the air is dry, a humidifier will keep you more comfortable and healthy. If you are not sure what the level of humidity level is in your home, purchase a hygrometer. Keep the levels between 30-50%.

Act Fast to Repair Leaks

Daily habits can help prevent mold growth in the home, but in the event of an accident or natural disaster, act immediately to fix leaks, dry damp areas, and dehumidify the home. A sudden pipe leak or flooding incident is a common cause of water damage and severe mold growth. If you are not confident in your ability to remove the moisture, work with a professional mold remediation company. It is easier to prevent mold growth than get rid of it.

Identify Problem Areas to Prevent Mold Growth

If you’re unsure how to prevent mold growth, work with a professional to identify areas where mold is a concern. A mold assessor will look at vulnerable areas to determine the potential for future mold growth. They can recommend ways to reduce moisture in your home to prevent damage.

Monitor Indoor Plants

If you enjoy houseplants, it’s essential to take care of them properly. While plants are beautiful, help purify the air in your home, and reduce stress, they can lead to mold growth. If the soil remains constantly damp, it creates an environment conducive to multiplying mold spores. Learn the proper care of each type of houseplant in your home. Pay attention to each plant for signs of mold or fungus, and avoid overwatering.

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