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3 Tips for Preventing Mold in Your Maryland Home

Posted in Blog | Mold Inspection | Tips on October 15th, 2017 by Hunter Adams

Mold is a fungus that can be beneficial, but in your home, is terrifying. While some types of mold make penicillin, the mold caused by excess moisture is scary and unhealthy when it invades your Maryland home. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent it before it happens. By following a few simple tips, you can say goodbye to mold forever. Here’s how to do it.

Dry Wet Areas Immediately

Mold grows best in damp areas such as the kitchen or the bathroom, so when there’s excess moisture, you need to dry it immediately. Take a towel and mop up the water when you’re done taking a shower or preparing a meal. In addition, you should look in your basement after heavy rains, as rain may cause some excessive moisture in the walls which can lead to heavy mold growth. Anywhere there’s water, there’s a chance for mold. Plan accordingly.

Control Your Humidity

Even if you clean up every spill and monitor high-moisture areas, it’s not always enough to completely eliminate mold. Instead, a proactive approach is necessary. To control mold, you need to control your humidity. The ideal indoor relative humidity hovers between 30 percent and 50 percent depending on the outdoor weather. If your air conditioner isn’t enough to achieve this rate, consider a whole-home dehumidifier to keep your home mold-free.

Improve Air Flow

When temperatures drop, the air holds far less moisture. When that happens, the moisture starts to appear on walls, windows, and other surfaces in your home. This creates a situation that’s conducive to mold growth. To combat this situation, open doors and windows and turn on ceiling fans to get some air flow. This prevents mold growth and makes your home far more comfortable.

Even if you follow these tips, mold may still sneak its way into your home. That’s when you need to enlist the help of professionals. If you notice mold in your home, make sure to call MD Mold Testing for all your mold testing and eradication needs.