Humid air, condensation, and lack of ventilation cause fungus to grow and could be the start of a mold infestation. Mold infestations can pose serious health hazards for homeowners. It can also be expensive to have mold infestation remediation and it can leave structural damage. Here are some tips to prevent mold infestation, especially in your newly bought home:
Don’t Dry Your Clothes inside your home
- Some people like to dry their clothes indoors on a clothes rack, especially if it’s cold outside. However, unless you have really good ventilation, the moisture from the clothes could cause mold to grow on your ceiling and walls. It is better to invest in a tumble dryer and if it’s necessary, only hang dry clothes outside or in a room with excellent ventilation.
Close Your Door
- To avoid spreading moisture everywhere in your home, close the doors to prevent high moisture air from traveling from room to room. Also, avoid letting getting out of your bathroom or kitchen. The simple act of closing doors will avoid the build-up of moisture that causes mold infestation.
- Moisture build-up can also come from leaks from pipes and from your roof. In addition, leaks may come from your washing machine, dishwashers, under the sink, and behind the toilet. Always keep these places clean, and check for any damage that needs to be fixed.
Open The Windows
- Keep your doors closed but your windows open for good ventilation, especially in rooms prone to moisture, like the bathroom and the kitchen. You might want to keep the warmth inside, so a small opening enough for air to flow should work.
Keep your carpets clean.
- You might not be aware that mold already is building up under your feet. Since you don’t see it, there’s a tendency to forget to check out your carpet and have it thoroughly cleaned or replaced when needed. It’s important to vacuum regularly or have all carpeted rooms professionally cleaned every now and then.
Follow these precautions to ensure that you live in a mold-free home and avoid health hazards.