The warm months of summer make the perfect breeding environment for mold. The combination of rain, humidity, and heat creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Solutions exist to slow or prevent the growth of mold inside your home.
Reduce Humidity to Avoid Mold
This means that all activities in your home that generate increased moisture in the air need to be reduced. From cooking to showering to running the dishwasher, you’ll want to properly ventilate all areas of the home that generate moisture. By keeping the air moving with fans, you can reduce the chances of moisture building in the air.
If you notice water building up on the walls or ceiling, wipe it away. This prevents mold from forming and growing.
Remove Water Sources from Around the Home
Your home should have good drainage systems in place to keep water from pooling around your residence. The foundation of your home should be higher than the surrounding ground so that groundwater formed by rain is pulled away. This means ensuring that gutters and drainage areas are in good shape.
Address Areas of High Humidity
This means places that can trap moist air, such as a crawlspace or basement, should be addressed to prevent the buildup of moisture. You can put in a dehumidifier which helps or run a sheet of polyethylene to keep the moisture from seeping through the walls or floors. Putting in fans also helps as the moving air makes it far more difficult for the mold to grow.
Fabric and Paper Goods are Indicators of Mold Growth
This means paper, cardboard, and clothing are often the first places that mold can form. This is because they provide a source of food for the mold spores along with a surface where they can cling. Chances are, the first signs of mold growth in the home will be on cardboard boxes, paper items, and your clothing. If they ever come in contact with water, be sure to dry them quickly.
How to Clean Away Mold
Without professional assistance, it can be difficult to extinguish mold. This is because the mold you see may only be a fraction of what exists in your home. If you mix detergent with water into a spray bottle, you can remove the mold you see from surfaces. However, you should call a professional company to inspect and remove the mold from your home.
How Brickley Environmental Can Help
If you suspect that mold is growing in your home, call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to identify mold growth and remove it with as little disruption as possible.