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How to prevent mold growth in your home this spring?

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

How to prevent mold growth in your home this spring?

The hot heat stemming from humidity causes condensation on windows and bathroom shower/tub walls. Conversely, keeping every component of the home cool and dry is nearly impossible. The correct balance is keeping a high temperature in the home without the humidity attached. To do this, set the air conditioner to 70 degrees in automatic mode. Afterward, turn on the humidifier to keep humid heat 50% or below.

Clean, dust, deodorize, and disinfect the home every day or twice a week. Focus on the areas with condensation, highly used rooms, dark areas with no sunlight, and/or near water pipes where mold thrives. Examples include toilets, windows, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, closets, cabinets, drawers, sinks, showerheads, and air conditioner vents. Next, dust and vacuum carpets, furniture, draperies, and rugs. Finally, throw away mold-infested belongings. Increase routine checking after natural disasters such as flooding, snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, and violent thunderstorms to clean and dry water spills and condensation.

Dry wet spots with a fan, ceiling fan, air conditioner, door, or window. The air conditioner, fan, and ceiling fan circulate odorous and stagnant air while drying spills and wet areas. The door and window welcome fresh air into the home while removing odorous and stagnant air. Warm, unmoving air is a breeding ground for mold. Exhaust fans, open vents, and dehumidifiers also count toward ventilation and air circulation. Rooms desperately needing ventilation are the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. In addition, dry wet clothing, shoes, and items outdoors. Store items and attire after all damp spots are dry and not before.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

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