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How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

In any home, mold can be a sneaky problem that, if left unattended, can cause some pretty serious health issues to residents and pets, as well as cause some issues with the home itself. And unless you’re specifically looking for it, mold can often go undetected for a while, making it difficult and costly to repair. That’s why it’s best to prevent the growth of mold in your home before it becomes a problem. Here are a few simple tips that’ll help you keep your home mold-free.

Dry Everything

Mold tends to grow in areas that are damp and dark, so one of the best things you can do to prevent mold growth in the home is to dry wet items and areas immediately. After heavy rainfall, check areas like basements or exterior-facing rooms for any kind of leakage. Water-damaged carpets and furniture need to be dried as well, and if they can’t, they should be completely removed. And don’t forget about every-day wet items like laundry, bathroom floors, and under the kitchen sink!

Proper Ventilation

Even if there aren’t any wet areas in the home that need to be dried out, ventilation is key to preventing moisture buildup from ambient humidity or condensation. Even steam from cooking can linger on the ceiling or find its way into the pantry. When doing any activity that requires water, like cooking, laundry, or taking a shower, make sure that you use a fan, vent, or dehumidifier to extract or redirect any moisture.

Clean the Gutters

Gutters are meant to direct rainwater off the roof and away from the home, but if the gutters are full of debris, that moisture will sit and leak into the home, which could lead to a mold problem in the attic or upstairs rooms. Take care to remove any leaves, branches, or other organic matter from the gutters, especially during the autumn.

Keep an Eye on Indoor Plants

Indoor plants can bring a lot of life and beauty to your home, but as living things that require water, they’re a perfect environment for mold growth in the home. Once mold takes hold to the plant, its spores are easily spread throughout the home. To prevent mold from growing on plants, look into an organic mold and fungus preventative. For example, adding a bit of Taheebo tea (also known as pau d’arco) to the water can help deter mold from growing.

Contact Us For Mold & Germ Remediation Services

If there are signs of mold, calling removal professionals like Mold Doctors is your best possible solution. If you see mold, mold remediation should be applied to ensure that your home or business is free of mold or toxins. Questions? Reach out to us today for a free quote or call us directly at (508) 534–9091. We are proud to serve Yarmouth, Dennis, Barnstable, and the rest of Cape Cod & South Shore Area.

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