Killer bees, harmful pesticides, rowdy neighbors, violent storms, and messy children. There are a lot of risk factors out there that put your home in danger. Mold may be on the bottom of your list of worries, but should not go unchecked. With its ability to cause sickness and destruction to the structure of your home, mold is a risk that should be taken very seriously. If left undetected, it will continue to destroy and rack up large amounts of repair costs. The best way to deal with mold is to be proactive. Here are some ways to lower your home’s risk for mold.
Keep moisture in check
The key to preventing mold in your home is concentrating on keeping condensation down. Find a setting on your thermostat that is cool enough to eliminate humidity, while also keeping surfaces warm enough to prevent condensation. Houselogic recommends keeping it at 78 degrees fahrenheit. You can purchase an indoor humidity monitor so you are aware of added moisture. The relative humidity in your home should fall between 35% and 50%. If it reaches over 60%, you can start searching for the source of excess water in your home. You may also want to check your AC unit to make sure it’s eliminating the moisture in seasons of high humidity.
Prevent standing water
Your eyes are your biggest ally in fighting mold. Doing a regular check for standing water under sinks, near kitchen appliances, in basements, and crawl spaces can stop the development of mold. Adding a plastic base to your crawl spaces can also help keep moisture in the ground. Lowe’s recommends checking for leaks and cracks in plumbing every 6 to 12 months to prevent water damage, which can quickly turn into mold damage. Taking extra care to ventilate bathrooms is always a good idea. A dehumidifier may not be necessary in Tucson’s dry climate, but can be helpful during monsoon season.
Keep it clutter free
The early signs of mold damage are often ignored because they can’t be seen. In areas such as your basement, where there may be a collection of stored items, mold can easily hide behind piles of unused boxes. Keeping your home organized and walls visible and accessible is important in the fights against mold. Increases in your water bill, stains on walls and ceilings, peeling paint or wallpaper can all be signs of water damage and mold.
For more tips on keeping your home safe, or help with restoring your home call Brewer Restoration in Tucson.