No one wants to see mold in their home. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also cause a range of health issues and cause untold damage to the home if left unchecked. It is, then, a good idea to in the first place. I know that this is easier said than done, but there are lots of things you can do to seriously minimize your chances of being invaded by mold…
Inspect Your Home
First of all, you should take the time to regularly inspect your home for any signs of mold or any potential problems that could cause mold to grow. For example, a basement that is prone to flooding would be a big risk, as would a leaking toilet or sink. If you find any problems, do your best to address them straight away, even if it means calling out a professional, because it will probably save you a lot of money (and time) in the future. It’ll also help to protect your family’s health too.
Dry Out Wet Patches Immediately
Mold is only able to thrive in the home when moisture is present, which is why it’s so important that you clean up any leaks and dry out any damp patches in your home as soon as they become evident, and always within 24-48 hours. If you don’t do this, mold could spread rapidly through your home leaving you with a real mess to clean up.
Use a Smart Thermostat
If you don’t already have a smart home add-on, it might be a good idea to look into getting one. Having a programmable thermostat is a great way to keep mold at bay by very carefully climate-controlling your home to avoid the kind of humidity and moisture than mold loves.
It’s also important to correctly ventilate your home if you want to discourage mold from growing unchecked. This means that, when you’re cooking, showering or drying the laundry, you should always either turn on the extractor fan or dehumidifier or even just leave a window open. The less moisture that is in your home, the better.
Use Mold Resistant Products
There are lots of very affordable mold resistant products on the market, so it makes sense to use them if you want to keep mold at bay. Things like mold inhibiting paint, mold resistant drywall and mold killing cleaning products will all make a real difference to your property.
Maintain Your Gutters
Ensuring that your gutters are always free from damage and cleared of debris will help to prevent the kinds of leaks that cause mold to spring up and grow swiftly within the home. Water stains on your walls are an early warning sign of gutter leaks, so keep a lookout for them.
Boost Air Flow
When it gets cooler, it’s more difficult for air to circulate through your home and this means that it could get a bit too moist within your house. By doing anything you can to increase air flow, such as opening doors and moving furniture out from the walls, you will be able to stop too much moisture from building up and keep your home mold-free.