Mold is as resilient as it is annoying. When allowed to do so, mold will quickly begin to grow and spread throughout a home spreading its filth and spores. Don’t let this happen to you! Here are five tips for preventing mold growth recommended by our mold remediation experts at NJ Water and Mold in Bergen County.
Secluded, moist areas in your home make the perfect breeding ground for mold. For one, they are not regularly visited so the mold is less likely to be seen. Along with that, mold thrives in moist conditions. You should do all you can to prevent high-moisture areas from developing in your home. However, there are some natural high-moisture areas such as bathtubs, sinks, and some basements. For these areas, you may need to wipe them down regularly to keep mold from growing.
Good ventilation helps to prevent high-moisture areas from developing or becoming worse. When possible, you should open doors and windows and use fans to keep fresh air ventilating throughout your home. One example of where this may be important is in a laundry room. A washing machine generates high levels of moisture in a room. Unless you allow ventilation into the laundry room, it is likely that mold will begin to develop due to the moisture used by the washing machine.
The best way to fight mold is to prevent it from ever growing in the first place. Thus, if you are building or renovating a home, a smart choice may be to use mold-resistant products. Some mold resistant products you can use are mold resistant drywall and mold resistant sheetrock. Using these products certainly won’t prevent all mold from growing, but it will prevent serious mold issues from developing within your walls.
The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You’ll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).
People don’t typically think about mold growing on plants, but it can actually become a serious problem. The damp soil in a pot holding a plant is an ideal breeding ground for mold. You should take care to prevent this because mold on a plant can quickly spread to other areas of your home
Mold is a serious problem for many homeowners. We hope that it is something you never have to deal with. Nonetheless, mold is resilient and mistakes happen. If you do ever suffer from mold damage in your home, please don’t hesitate to reach out and give us a call at NJ Water and Mold in Bergen County.