It’s important to control moisture and fix leaks in your bathroom as soon as possible because mold will start to grow in as little as 24 hours.
Areas in your home that tend to be humid (laundry rooms, bathrooms, basements and kitchens) are usually the most likely places to find mold. Causing allergies, breathing difficulties and even more severe health problems, mold spores have a definite negative impact on indoor air quality.
On the bright side, there are things you can do to prevent mold and minimize your risk of developing serious reactions to it.
Top mold prevention tips from Mold Busters
The experts at Mold Busters have outlined a few of our top mold prevention tips below. Take a look!
- Control the amount of moisture in your air. Dehumidifiers can help keep humidity levels down. Aim for 30-50% relative humidity.
- Remove mold spores from your indoor environment with HEPA filters and vacuums. Both of these trap spores and keep them from circulating in the air. However, it’s important to remember that this doesn’t treat the cause of the mold problem.
- Use products that are naturally resistant to mold, like wool, alpaca and latex. Wool carpets, mattress covers and comforters can help reduce the chances of mold spores taking root in your home.
- Steam clean your things instead of using harsh chemicals to kill mold and mildew.
- Repair any leaks as quickly as possible, making sure to dry wet areas thoroughly.
- If you’ve had a recent flood, however minor it may seem, your home is a prime candidate for mold growth. Even a small amount of water can lead to mold growth on Sheetrock, trim and wallpaper. Mold can also start to grow on wet carpets as well as sub-flooring, so it’s important to dry the area completely and dispose of any moldy, water-damaged materials immediately.
Mold can grow virtually anywhere in your home as long as it has water and a source of food. It’s your responsibility to remove the risk from your home if you want to live in a healthy, mold-free environment.