5 Effective Tips To Keep Mold Under Control

5 Effective Tips To Keep Mold Under ControlMold is a bacteria that can grow in your home whenever there is a consistent source of moisture. There are a number of ways that you can keep mold under control, including:

Locate Moisture Sources

One of the first steps to controlling the bacteria is to locate and repair any sources of moisture that are coming into contact with the building materials. It could be leaky water pipes behind walls or a leaky faucet. Once the water source is stopped, it will help to stop the growth of the bacteria.

Maintain Proper Ventilation

Bacteria grows in areas that are not well ventilated. To inhibit the growth, open windows or install vent fans in bathrooms and other rooms that need more air flow.

Remove Wet Clothing

Piles of wet or damp clothing or bedding can create a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria can be spread from clothing to any cellulose material next to it such as wallpaper, drywall, wood and other materials. To prevent the bacteria from growing, always keep your laundry cleaned. Never allow damp laundry to sit in hampers or other receptacles for an extended period of time.

Repair Window Sills And Jambs

Water can often seep into the crevices of wood jambs and sills during a rain storm. When water gets behind the wood jambs and sills, it can seep down into the framework or drywall and begin to breed bacteria. You can prevent the mold from developing by repairing sills and jambs, sealing any crevices in the material.

Monitor Excessive Humidity Levels

Using a humidity monitor will help you to determine whether your home is a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep the humidity levels down below 50 percent by using a dehumidifier in your home.

For more assistance or recommendations on preventing mold growth in your home, contact us at Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about mold and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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