5 Simple Ways to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Terre Haute Home

5 Simple Ways to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Terre Haute HomeSay the word ‘mold’ and most of us recoil in fear. It’s not only gross to look at, but it can also be hazardous to your health. Nevertheless, mold is a useful substance found in nature, and though it’s alarming when it takes up residence in your home, there are several ways to control it and prevent mold damage.

What Causes Mold?

Mold spores can be found everywhere — even in your home’s indoor air. Mostly, mold spores are not an issue, but when moist conditions prevail, say, around a leaking pipe, in an air conditioner or in a kitchen or bathroom, mold can begin to grow. Before you know it, you may have a mold infestation.

5 Ways to Prevent Mold Damage

  • Clean up and clear up damp places. Mold can accumulate wherever there’s a moist environment to help it grow. This may be in your kitchen or bathroom, on a shower curtain or around leaky faucets. Other areas in your home might include your carpet or flooring, as well as where appliances have leaked.
  • Install proper ventilation. Good ventilation starts with exhaust fans that send moisture outdoors in your kitchen and bathroom. Make sure to vent clothes dryers and ranges outdoors.
  • Dry out wet items when possible. You may also need to get rid of flooded carpets and shower curtains (unless you’re prepared to clean it with bleach).
  • Maintain a proper temperature. Run your air conditioner at the proper temperature so that it dries out humidity in your home (a humidity monitor will help you keep humidity between 30 and 55 percent), while a dehumidifier can assist the air conditioner.
  • Introduce mold-resistant products. Mold-resistant drywall, gypsum board and sheet rock are available if you’re replacing walls, as is mold inhibitor for paint.

Do you need more tips for preventing mold damage in your home? Contact Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning in Terre Haute today.

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

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