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4 Summer Tips to Prevent Mold in the Home

Posted in Blog | Mold Inspection | Tips on June 15th, 2018 by Hunter Adams

Summer means warm weather and sunshine, but this season can also introduce high humidity and excess moisture. Worried about moisture turning into mold? Try these four tips to prevent mold in your home this summer.

Limit Indoor Moisture

Mold thrives in moist, dark environments, so the simplest thing you can do to prevent mold is to address leaks and deal with water damage. In damp, dark areas like under sinks and in the basement, check for drips and pooled water. Tackle leaks as soon as you find them, so you don’t give mold spores a place to call home.

Keep Humidity Under Control

Controlling airborne moisture levels is another smart way to prevent mold from thriving in your home. Start by checking your thermostat to make sure the humidity level is below 50 percent. If your HVAC system needs an extra boost to lower moisture levels, consider getting a portable dehumidifier for a certain area of your house or investing in a whole-home dehumidifier that can resolve humidity problems throughout the house.

Ventilate Your Home

If it often seems like air sits in your home without circulating in and out, mold and moisture could be building up and creating a mold problem. Improve ventilation by turning on exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen, as these handy devices are designed to push moist air outside where it belongs.

Stick to a Cleaning Routine

A regular cleaning routine can do wonders for mold issues in your home. Vacuum, dust, and mop surfaces and floors in your home once a week, and take care to dry any wet surfaces. This strategy gives mold fewer opportunities to thrive and helps your home smell fresh at the same time.

Suspect that your home already has a mold problem or need to stop mold in its tracks? Contact MD at 301-717-1454 to schedule mold testing today.