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A GUIDE TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR HOME

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Mildew can occur on many surfaces. Molds are simple plants that belong to the fungi group. Although molds can be found in all weather conditions, they are more likely to develop in hot summer weather, particularly in closed-door homes. But the good news is that you can always take measures to keep crawl space moldat a safe distance. So without further ado, let’s get into it:

1. Keep Your Home Dry

Moisture can easily get into your home. Therefore, you need to be very particular about keeping your home dry regardless of your daily activities and weather conditions. You should inspect any areas that are likely to get condensed due to being exposed to the water, which could lead to mold growth. You should quickly dry any moisture found in such areas, and then perform regular maintenance to prevent moisture from settling further.

2. Open Windows

It's tempting not to ventilate your home until spring, but it is best to do so. More so, if you do not want to get caught up in crawl space mold. Bathrooms and kitchens are most at risk for mold growth. Open a few windows when you're cooking or taking a shower to let the moisture escape the house.

3. Repair Cracks And Leaks

Water damage can be caused by leaks or cracks. If left untreated, it can get worse. Be aware of any cracks or leaks in your home. These are usually found in crawl spaces or basements. As a matter of fact, leaks are amongst the top reasons that eventually pave the way for crawl space mold.

4. Use Mold-Resistant Products

Unlike the past, the contemporary market is peppered with mold-resistant products such as crawl space vapor barriers. What is more, you can apply a vast majority of these products almost everywhere in the house. Mold-resistant wood, paint, and insulation are important building materials if you're renovating or building a new house. These mold-resistant materials can be used as preventive measures to stop mold growth.

5. Use A Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers dramatically reduce humidity levels. As a result, your home is less likely to attract mold. It may surprise people to discover how much water the dehumidifier can collect from the air when they first install it in their home. To give you an estimation, in just a few hours, some can collect up to 20 liters of water. It goes to show that investing in a quality dehumidifier can drastically reduce the humidity level. However, if you want to get the best out of your dehumidifier, you must purchase it very smartly. Here are a few tips that will help you to buy this appliance like a pro:

• Consider the size: You should choose a dehumidifier that will fit in the area where it will be used. You will need to measure the space you are looking to dehumidify. Bear in mind; the drying capacity of a dehumidifier is determined by the amount of water it can remove in 24 hours.

• Water Capacity: The bucket size of the unit ideally works the best, especially if you are placing the humidifier in a larger area. Larger tubs and drip pans require less frequent emptying. However, you will need to pay more for convenience. So pay attention to your budget before you shopping around or exploring options.

6. Inspect Regularly

Finally, inspect your home on a regular basis. This may seem time-consuming, but it will pay off in the long term. It will not only save you money but also prevent mold problems from worsening. You can take a few minutes every month to inspect your home, checking your HVAC ducts and pipes.

Wrap up

Mold growth can be scary but it doesn't always have to get worse. Follow the steps above mentioned above to get rid of the mold in the crawl space and other areas. We recommend calling a professional if you are unsure of the extent of mold growth in your home. Again, you have to be very careful while hunting for professional mold removals. The best way to hire seasoned mold removals is to dive into online reviews that are shared on third-party review platforms. 


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