How to Prevent Mold in the Summer
Summer is mold’s favorite season. The warm temperatures, rain, and humidity create the ideal environment for mold to grow and flourish. To prevent mold from growing, it’s important to be aware of the conditions and locations in your home where mold is most likely to develop. There are several easy things you can do to create an unfavorable environment for mold.
Invest in a dehumidifier. Humidity creates the perfect, moist environment for mold to grow. If you live in a humid area, consider purchasing a dehumidifier for your home. Humidity levels should be kept below 50% to prevent mold growth.
Close your windows on rainy days. While it may be tempting to let that cool rainy day weather in, keep your windows closed on rainy days. Open windows allow moisture into your home, which can cause mold growth on window sills, curtains, rugs and any other surrounding materials.
Keep an eye on your roof. If it has been a rainy summer, keep an eye out for signs that your roof might be leaking. Discolored ceiling spots are a big indicator that there is a leak in your home that needs to be repaired, and there could be mold growth as a result. If you’ve discovered a leak, take action immediately so the problem doesn’t get any worse.
In addition to these suggestions, make sure to stay on top of your regular mold checks. Places like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are always more likely to be a target for mold. Pay special attention to these areas in the summer, and make sure there is always proper air movement and ventilation. If you have discovered mold in your home, call us. Our team is highly trained and certified to diagnose and remove any mold in your home.