Mold spores float freely in the air all around you, looking for a place to call home. Here are three tips that you can implement throughout the year that will help you keep your home a mold-free zone.
#1 Vent Your Clothes Dryer Outside Of Your House
If you have a clothes dryer in your home, make sure that it vents to the outside. The air that comes out of your clothes dryer is usually really humid and can release a lot of moisture and warmth into the air -- two things mold loves. You should not vent your clothes dryer into your attic, basement, or a crawlspace. That will create the ideal environment for mold to grow and thrive somewhere you most likely will not see it until it is too late.
#2 Always Vent Your Bathroom After A Shower
When you shower, excessive moisture is released into the air. If you take hot showers, the warmth from your shower can also warm up your bathroom. Both of these things that occur on a daily basis when you take a hot shower create the ideal conditions for mold to grow. If you don't want to be constantly fighting mold and mildew in your bathroom, you need to vent your bathroom properly after you take a shower.
If you have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, you should run it during your shower and after your shower. Let the fan run until you are done getting ready to pull some of the excess moisture out of the air. If you don't have an exhaust fan, you should look into hiring a contractor to install one.
You can also crack open the window in your bathroom if you have one to combat the moisture and warmth as well.
#3 Don't Keep Your House To Warm
Mold grows best when the temperature is above 77 degrees Fahrenheit. You can make your home unappealing to mold by keeping your home cooler than 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, do not turn your heater up so high that it feels like you are sitting in the summer sun; try to keep the temperature in the high sixties or low seventies. In the summer, don't try to tough it out; if the temperature on the thermostat starts climbing into the upper seventies, turn on the air conditioning.
If you see mold in your home, contact a water damage restoration service to clean it up and give you other prevention tips.