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Keep Your Vacation Home Mold-Free This Summer

For many homeowners, mold is a severe problem. According to the CDC, mold in your home can be linked to respiratory problems in many healthy people. In addition to that, it can also cause damage to your home and surroundings. EPA advises that once you find mold, you need to act fast. It can begin to cause issues within as little as 24 hours.

If you own a summer house or a vacation rental, this can be an even bigger issue. If you have family and friends visiting or guests renting your home, you need to protect their health. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to keep your mold at bay this season.

First, you must know any potential signs of mold in your vacation home. The symptoms of mold might include:

  • Unusually damp areas
  • Stains or greyish discoloration on the walls and ceiling 
  • A musty odor 
  • Wallpaper peeling
  • Wood rotting or visible growths

How to protect your vacation rental from mold

Before you run to your vacation rental or summer home with cleaning products in hand, there are some ways to prevent it in the first place. We’ve listed some tips designed to keep your home mold-free, even after the heaviest of rainstorms.

Start with remediation

If you have already found some signs of mold in your home, it will continue to spread if you don’t deal with it immediately. Mold remediation is a process that consists of a professional company coming out, assessing the problem, and determining an action plan. This process can include anything from tearing out the mold-affected areas, cleaning mold off surfaces, and helping to stop the spread of mold throughout more areas of your home. You start with a clean slate by beginning your mold prevention plan with remediation. Get started today with Mold Doctors in Cape Cod, MA, and the South Shore, MA. 

Monitor humidity levels

If you have done everything to remove any current mold in your home, the following steps would prevent any future re-growth. Mold grows best in damp areas and humid spaces. Monitoring humidity levels in your home can help catch mold before it grows. Mold will begin to grow at a 60% humidity level, so try to keep your home between 30% and 50% for the best conditions. If you notice areas above 60% humidity, you can take steps to prevent mold in those specific areas. 

Add attic ventilation 

Your attic will naturally have higher humidity levels than the rest of your home. This is predominately due to warm air rising from the living area below and getting trapped up in the attic where it condenses. This can lead to mold and mildew in your attic. What you need to do to prevent this is to install proper ventilation which will allow the air to circulate. As air moves through the attic, it will help keep the humidity moving through to prevent mold.

Install a bathroom fan

Just as attic ventilation will help prevent mold in the attic, utilizing bathroom fans or ventilation is also critical to remove moisture in the bathroom. A bathroom vent will pull the steamy, moisture-laden air out of your bathroom and vent it outside your home. For bathrooms that don’t get natural ventilation through windows, bathroom fans or vents are critical to keeping the moisture out of the area. It will also speed up drying time for everything inside the bathroom. 

Get Started with Mold Doctors in Massachusetts

Are you getting ready to open up your vacation home for the season? Stay on top of any damages by getting a free mold inspection by Mold Doctors. We will take a look around your house to see if you have any current mold damage or any places where we find moisture buildup. Contact us today to get started at 5085349091!

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