Controlling Moisture to Prevent Mold

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| 2013 Jan 03 |
Controlling Moisture to Prevent Mold

Controlling moisture to prevent mold is an important step to take if you want to ensure your home remains mold-free. Moisture and humidity are the two main reasons that mold grows. This explains why it’s often seen growing on or around walls, ceilings, leaking pipes, window panes and indoor wooden furniture. As a result, homes often have a musty smell and become an unhealthy living environment. To prevent health risks associated with exposure to mold, homeowners should always try to keep relative humidity inside their homes low (between 30 and 50 per cent).

Reducing Moisture, Humidity and Condensation

The following are tips to bear in mind and steps to take to reduce moisture, humidity and condensation in your home and, subsequently, prevent mold from growing:

  • Home appliances, including washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, and heaters produce moisture, so they should always be installed next to a vent or exhaust fan.
  • Although dehumidifiers can decrease humidity levels inside homes, units like air conditioners should not be allowed to continually run, because this could increase condensation in the room.
  • Running exhaust fans in bathrooms while showering and in kitchens while cooking or washing dishes is highly recommended to eliminate extra moisture in the air.
  •  Roof gutters should be cleaned regularly.
  • If you’re building a new home, pay special attention during its construction so that the foundation and the floors are installed properly to prevent accumulation of standing water.
  •  Proper ventilation inside the house should be maintained at all times to expel moisture.
  • Invest in a high-quality ventilation system – it’s worth it.
  •  Drywall, typically referred to as sheetrock or gypsum board, is a great material to use for construction (interior walls, ceiling panels, etc.) as it is lightweight, cost-efficient, and moisture-resistant. However, drywall also has high cellulose content and is therefore a great breeding ground for mold. Because of this, avoid putting drywall in areas frequently exposed to moisture, and be sure to always thoroughly dry any wet drywall; otherwise, mold can start to grow within 24-48 hours.

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