Mold can be an expensive problem for both your home and your health. Many homeowners try to take care of their mold problems with mold prevention by themselves. That means a do it yourself attitude gleaned from neighbors or family telling them what worked like ‘magic’ but leaving out everything that didn’t. It is important to remember that DIY mold prevention fails for a lot of reasons, and here are some tips that often go wrong.
Declutter the Wrong Things
People are told to get rid of the clutter that’s keeping air stagnant in their homes. After all, if air is stagnant and it gets humid, it is likely that mold could grow. This leads you to declutter all that you can, in the name of mold prevention. You get rid of the toy boxes, or that chair you really didn’t want but you husband did. Maybe all the odds and ends in the bathroom are going to find a home in the cabinet. But what if the cabinet is in front of the vent? The problem with decluttering is that if you get rid of things, but don’t get rid of the items blocking your air vents you are likely not solving your problem at all.
Shut the Windows
Maybe you shout “I’m turning the air on!” when you do, because that means everyone has to shut their windows. However, if the air conditioner is humming and the kids are running in and out to the pool, it’s just like they left the bedroom window open. Mold prevention begins with keeping condensation out. Humid air is coming into the house and causing condensation. Condensation leads to mold, and not always in the obvious places. You may wipe away the condensation you see immediately, but it can lurk.
Perhaps you’re the master of the thermostat. This too plays a part in mold prevention. If you have a hot and humid summer you’re likely to set the air conditioner a bit lower than usual for some relief, but pay the price in electricity bills. If you’re willing to suffer the humidity a little, you’ll keep it up too high. The humidity in the air can cause mold to grow, so it is important to keep a steady temperature. This goes for when you’re at home and if you’re at work to keep the house cool, or during a vacation. Many suggest a temperature of 78 degrees F for efficiency and mold prevention, but no more than 80 degrees when you are away.
Cleaning the Obvious Areas
So, you have some mold. It may be past the point of prevention, but you’re certain you can clean it off and go back to the mold prevention stage, right? It is incredibly important to examine the area that has mold. Common areas that have mold are likely to be warm and wet such as the bathroom. If you’re cleaning the bathroom of mold, you need to also check to see what prevention can happen to improve it. Perhaps you need a new fan, so that the humidity can disperse after a shower or bath. Or the mats need to be laundered more frequently or picked up after the children have splashed around in the tub. If mold is present, you may want a professional to come clean the area because some molds are hazardous to your health. We here at Rainbow Restoration can clean your mold problem so you don’t have to worry. Give us a call today.