Mold can cause structural damage to your home and aggravate health problems such as allergies and asthma. Improving the ventilation in key areas of your home is one step toward mold prevention.
How to Prevent Mold
Mold thrives in warm, damp environments. The best way to prevent it is to eliminate the factors that contribute to mold:
- Repair leaky pipes, poorly sealed windows, and other areas where moisture can collect.
- Inspect your basement and attic regularly for dampness.
- Improve the ventilation in your home.
Improving your home’s ventilation helps naturally occurring moisture in your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room to evaporate quickly, before mold spores can grow. It will also make your home more comfortable in hot weather.
Home Ventilation Methods
The quickest and easiest way to improve your home’s ventilation is to open windows when the weather permits. Check your screens to be sure there are no tears or gaps. When it is not feasible to open the windows, install fans in rooms that may develop mold, and turn them on any time there is the possibility of moisture collection, such as:
- In the bathroom after a shower
- In the kitchen while the dishwasher runs
- In the laundry room while the washer and dryer run
- In the attic while the relative humidity is high
- In the basement during and after a rainstorm
This method can be time consuming, however. A more convenient option is to have a whole-house fan installed. This will keep the air throughout your home circulating any time the fan is on.
Professional Mold Inspection
If you already have a mold problem, schedule a professional mold inspection from a reputable mold remediation specialist such as ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell. They will inspect your property, prepare a remediation plan, and work with your insurance agent to handle the billing aspect. During the mold inspection, ask what steps you should take to improve your home’s ventilation and prevent mold regrowth.