Now that you have removed mold from your home, it is essential that you take steps to prevent it from returning. As previously mentioned, it is impossible to completely eliminate mold spores from a home. The important thing is to make sure those spores are not given what they need to grow and thrive into a mold problem: moisture. Once moisture is introduced, mold can begin growing in as little as 24 hours. Here are some ways to prevent mold growth from occurring around the house.
Keeping it Dry
Since moisture is the number one factor for creating mold infestations, making sure things are dried quickly is essential to keeping mold away. The ideal timeframe to dry things when they get wet is within a 24 to 48 hour period. If it something that you can move from its position like a carpet, lift it from the ground so it can air out more quickly. If it sits on the floor, it will take longer to dry and increase the chance of mold growth. Fans and dehumidifiers also help speed up the drying process.
Commitment to Routine Maintenance
Routine maintenance and dedication to moisture control are the keys to preventing mold from growing. You should set aside some time to regularly check areas vulnerable to moisture intrusion such as pipes, cold spots on walls cracks in walls or ceilings, bathroom fixtures, sinks, toilets, showers/tubs, kitchen appliances, wall ripples, air ducts, humidifier filters, HVAC drain pans, etc.
Do not forget to check some of the more hidden areas that often get neglected. Make a conscious decision to examine crawl spaces, unfinished basements, attics, and under furniture. If you spot a leak, act quickly to stop it or get someone who is able to stop it for you. After taking a shower, always ventilate the space and spray it down with after-shower spray to prevent any bacteria buildup.
10 Tips for Mold Prevention
- Fix any leaks as soon as possible and keep an eye out for unexplained condensation or wet spots.
- Dry any and all wet materials within 48 hours.
- Have your guests remove their shoes at the door so they do not track any unwanted mold spores into wet areas of the home.
- Try to keep humidity levels between 30% and 50% in your home. Remember that humidity levels can changes throughout a day and can differ from room to room.
- Use air conditioning or a dehumidifier during humid months.
- Monitor your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans. Keep them clean and unobstructed.
- Make sure your home is well ventilated, especially around areas with a lot of water production such as dryers and showers.
- Do not carpet areas with a lot of moisture intrusion like bathrooms and unfinished basements.
- Be sure that your foundation has proper drainage and that the ground slopes away from your home.
- Remove and replace any water damaged carpets or materials.