Mold is definitley a 4-letter word to most people. But not all mold is dangerous. Mold helps to make cheese, fertilize gardens, and speed decaying of garbage and fallen leaves. But mold can become a problem when it starts digesting things we don't want it to digest, such as our house!
So how can you control mold growth in your home so it doesn't become a problem?
Here are a few tips:
- Keep the humidity level in the house between 40% and 60%.
- Increase air circulation within your home, especially along the inside of exterior walls, and ventilate with fresh air from outside.
- Keep a dehumidifier running in the basement.
- Ventilate and insulate attic and crawl spaces.
- Install and use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
- Regularly check for water leaks and repair them immediately.
- Install a gutter system that moves water away from concrete slabs and basement walls.
- Check your roof frequently and repair any leaks found.
- Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces with heavy plastic.
- If you experience a water damage, have a professional water damage restoration company repair it within 24 to 48 hours.