How to Prevent Mold This Summer
Summer can be a busy season for mold growth. Rain and the enjoyment of outdoor, water-related activities like fishing, boating, and swimming, can cause water to enter your home. These factors combined with the normal, everyday mold risks can make your home more susceptible to growth. Here are a few tips to prevent mold this summer.
1. Take off your shoes. Wet shoes can bring standing water into your home. It’s a good idea to make sure they’re dry before placing them down inside your home. Similarly, mold spores are prevalent outside this time of the year, and can make their way inside your home via your shoes. If you are able to, leave your shoes outside or in the mudroom instead of bringing them into the main living space.
2. Close the windows when it rains. As tempting as it is to have that cool rainy breeze blowing through your home, resist the urge to open the windows. This can let in excess moisture and mold spores that can eventually cause mold.
3. Keep an eye on your roof. If there have been a few rainy days in a row, keep an eye on your ceiling and walls for discolored splotches, which could be a sign of a leak. If you notice any discoloration or warping of your walls, take action immediately to remedy the situation.
4. Keep an eye on your home’s humidity levels. If your home has a tendency to hold humidity in the summers, consider purchasing a dehumidifier. At the very least, leaving a fan running is a good idea to dry out your home and prevent humidity from dampening your home.
5. Pay attention to your air ducts. If you have an air conditioner, keep an eye on the air ducts. Condensation can sometimes build up in the air ducts which can potentially cause mold if it’s not dried out.
In addition to these summer tips, make sure to stay on top of regular mold prevention. Always keep an eye out for pipe leaks, musty smells, and keep exhaust fans running in moist areas. If you suspect your home has mold, our team is here to help. We’ll inspect the area and determine if you need a mold hygienist.