Nobody likes to have mold in their house. And even more, nobody likes to clean mold out of their house. Aside from the health risks and negative air quality, the sight and smell aren’t pleasant to experience, it’s just gross. Although cleaning mold out of the home is a chore, preventing it in the first place doesn’t have to be! Here, we’ll discuss some tips and practices, including how to weatherproof your home to prevent mold.
Where there’s moisture there’s mold, naturally, the best practice is to try and keep moisture out of the house! This is easier said than done, however. Aside from humid conditions outside from rain, fog, snow, etc, there are things going on in the home that create humidity too. From showering to cooking, washing and drying clothes to doing the dishes.
Doors and Windows
Humidity comes in many forms. External factors like weather and climate are easy to remedy, or at least reduce. Start by checking the windows and external doors of the home. Each one will have some kind of weather seal (a rubber fitted seal running along the frame). This seal can become worn over time, or poorly fitting seals can fall out of place. Some may have been overlooked and have no seal at all! In any case, checking to verify the seal fits effectively on any doors that face externally to prevent any unwanted exchanges in temperature and humidity.
As humidity increases, so will condensation. Water will collect on surfaces like windows, doors, pipes, and potentially, walls. Wiping down this extra moisture will help reduce mold and mildew in the home and prevent it from growing on or in surfaces and becoming a much bigger issue later! Additionally, anything cold can produce condensation, like refrigerators, cold pipes, and AC condensers, among others. Knowing where moisture is likely to collect and wiping it down is helpful!
Humidity has a much easier time collecting in enclosed environments. As such, providing adequate airflow to trouble areas will help push moisture out and prevent it from reaching critical mass. Keeping interior doors open, and using fans and HVAC systems to maintain airflow is helpful for doing this. Additionally, adding dehumidifiers to this plan will drastically improve the effectiveness, if humidity is that much of an issue!
Call RestoPros for Mold Remediation Services
We can’t escape the moisture in the air, but we can certainly make it manageable. Knowing where in the house moisture collects, and circulating it to the rest of the home is great. Preventing additional moisture from entering through external doors and windows is even better, along with insulating pipes and relevant points of entry. Wiping down surfaces and using dehumidifiers should be the final nail in the coffin for any would-be mold or mildew growth in the house! If you’re unsure about any of this, or if your problem has grown farther than these steps would help, give RestoPros a call today and set up an appointment!