Mold: How Green, Orange and Red Does Your Garden Grow?
Of all the things that we must face in the maintenance of our homes, mold can be one of the most pervasive and difficult to combat. Just the mention of the words “mold problem” can be enough to give some home owners an involuntary shudder. Mold in the home can lead to unsightly, colorful growths (or blooms) and can lead to a variety of problems – including health related issues like asthma or other respiratory-related illnesses.
Mold, when left unchecked, can spread throughout the interior of a house. It’s a subversive problem that can spread unchecked in exterior and interior spaces (yes, even inside the walls of our home). This unbridled growth can drastically affect our health, safety and budgets – mold remediations can end up costing five digits to clean up.
As with all home-related problems, the damage and rise to mold and mold-related issues can be minimized with a little practical advice and some basic home preparation. To follow are ten of our recommendations for combating the problem in your home:
- Keep Moisture Levels Low
Mold thrives on moisture in the air. Keep humidity levels in the home low to prevent the spreading and growth of mold spores. The EPA suggests keeping humidity levels between 30-50%.
- Clean Up Spills or Standing Water Quickly
Mold grows in wet spaces. Keep the danger of mold blooms forming by cleaning up spilled or standing water as soon as possible.
- Reduce Clutter
Clutter in the home can reduce airflow which can lead to mold formation. Reduce the amount of items and simplify your environment to increase airflow throughout your home.
- Reduce Shower Moisture
Open bathroom windows and turn on bathroom fan during showers to help disperse moisture. Continue to run the fan for 15-20 minutes after the water is turned off to remove remaining moisture from the bathroom.
- Clean or Repair Roof Gutters
Gutters that overflow due to the backup of debris can overflow along the roof and cause mold issues. Be sure to clean (and repair) home gutters in order to keep water from pooling along the roofline.
- Re-Direct Water Away from the House
Look for places along the edges of the foundation where significant water can pool, and re-direct the flow to avoid water seepage into the foundation or basement of the home.
- Use a De-humidifier
De-humidifiers can be a great tool to keep humidity levels low in the house and prevent mold from forming. A portable de-humidifier will set you back about $150-200, but it’s money well spent if keeps your interior mold free.
These preventative tips can help to reduce the likelihood of mold developing or becoming a real problem in the home. But what do you do if you already have mold in the home and you fear the health and welfare of yourself and family members? Northern Arizona Restoration has years of experience when it comes to home restoration and damage remediation. Our staff of trained and certified experts can quickly detect mold problems and determine the best way to combat the infection. Give us a call today or contact us through the website with your questions, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.