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How to Prevent Mold Growth in your Home

Airborne mold spores are present both inside and outside your home, and can be especially harmful when they settle in a contained area such as your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. Learning how to prevent mold growth inside your home will help in protecting your family’s health, as well as your belongings, from the potential damage of mold.

How to Prevent MoldHow Does Mold Grow?
Be it an interior or exterior environment, mold needs three elements to grow: moisture, food and warmth. If airborne mold spores find an area in your home that provides all three, you can be relatively certain that mold growth will occur.

Mold spores land on every surface, and most of the time, they lay dormant and harmless. However, when they encounter moisture and an organic material, they begin to multiply. If the area’s temperature is anywhere between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you can expect mold to settle there for good.

Learning How to Prevent Mold Growth
You can perhaps monitor conditions in your home and keep a close watch on areas prone to mold growth, but what about the mold you do not see? Mold often develops in dark, moist areas, and remains out of sight until it spreads to the exterior or outer layer of a wall, flooring, or furniture. Keeping an eye open for mold is important, but it may not be sufficient to properly protect your family from its harmful effects.

How to prevent mold growth involves the following tasks:

  • Eliminating moisture, from small amounts of condensation on the windows to full scale floods
  • Frequent washing and drying of organic materials such as wood and paper products; cloth products can be laundered
  • Maintaining an even temperature in your home and a low level of humidity

Whenever possible, you need to eliminate the elements that cause mold spores to multiply. The key element in mold growth is moisture. Even if organic material is at the ideal mold growth temperature, it is not a problem unless it is damp. Keep the air flowing indoors, dissipating any humidity in order to ensure that surfaces remain as dry as possible.

What to Do if Flooding Occurs
Flooding can not only cause extensive damage in your home but also leave it vulnerable to the spread of mold. Unless you can get everything dry very quickly, mold is bound to develop and will soon become a major problem. When flooding has occurred, much of the organic materials typically need to be replaced including:

  • carpeting
  • walls – drywall or plaster
  • wall coverings – wood paneling or wall paper
  • subfloors
  • ceiling tiles
  • trim
  • furniture

Although substances may appear dry on the outside, moisture can be trapped inside, making them a perfect habitat for mold growth. Unless you are without a doubt that an item has dried completely, have it replaced. In the long run, it will be safer and more affordable than experiencing a mold infestation in your home. When flooding occurs, you must take immediate and appropriate action to rectify the situation.

Follow the guidelines on how to prevent mold growth in your home in order to protect your family and your possessions against the potentially harmful effects of mold.

 

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