When you live in our part of South Carolina, humidity is something you expect when you step outside. However, you want to avoid humidity in your home, and not just because of the discomfort it causes. Moisture in your home can encourage the growth of mold that can damage your family’s health and your home's fixtures and furnishings. Fortunately, there are five mold prevention tips you can use to reduce indoor humidity and prevent mold.
Look for Signs
When you're trying to determine if you home has a humidity problem, there are several things you might look for:
• Condensation on window panes
• Flaking paint and peeling wallpaper
• Rotting wood around door frames and window frames
• Musty odors and signs of mold growing
Fix Leaks Quickly
One of the most important mold prevention tips is to look for leaks and immediately fix any you find.
• Check all faucets, pipes and connections under sinks.
• Check your washing machine, water heater and dishwasher for signs of leaks.
• Make sure that equipment such as window air conditioners that are supposed to drain liquids outside are not clogged and leaking inside.
Dry Things Quickly
If you have any standing water in the house, dry and clean it quickly. Letting it sit is an invitation to mold. Never place damp clothing in the clothes hamper. Dry damp clothing in your dryer first to avoid creating a host for mold.
An effective way to get rid of mold in your home is to install a whole-house dehumidifier. Many people use their A/C or heat pump to remove humidity, but this often makes the house too cold. A separate dehumidifier will let you stay comfortable and save on your energy bill.
Another way to fight mold is to ensure that you have fresh air coming into the house regularly. Instead of throwing open a window, you can install a ventilation system that will exchange stale air inside with fresh air without losing energy. But when the outside temperatures allow it, by all means open your screened doors and windows.
Keeping you home clear of mold requires a systematic approach. If you have any questions about these mold prevention tips in your Triangle Area home, please feel free to contact us at Comfort Services.