Excess moisture in your home can be a major source of mold development and growth. Mold has been proven to aggravate allergies and contribute to respiratory problems. Some kinds of mold can even have toxic effects on humans. You can reduce the presence of mold in your living spaces by decreasing the level of moisture throughout your home. Here are some moisture-fighting strategies than can help keep mold under control.
- Stop leaks: Find and repair any leaks in your plumbing system, especially pipes that can let water drip in out-of-the-way places where it may not be noticed. Keep bathroom and kitchen pipes in good repair, and fix any pipeline leaks or dripping faucets as soon as possible.
- Reduce or eliminate sources of moisture: Excess moisture can be produced by some surprising sources, so keep aware of where wetness and dampness is produced. Clean up and dry out any wet spots, especially in carpets, within 48 hours. Increase air circulation throughout your house. Dry off shower stalls after bathing, and don’t let wet towels accumulate.
- Maintain proper indoor humidity: Keep your indoor humidity at a level that prevents mold growth. Make sure relative humidity is below 60 percent; keep it at 30-50 percent if possible. Install a whole-house dehumidifier in your forced-air HVAC system, or use one or more individual room dehumidifiers throughout your house.
- Maintain HVAC equipment: Keep your heating and cooling equipment well maintained, since it can also help control humidity levels in your home. Clean drains, drip pans and equipment that catches condensation, and keep them clear of obstructions.
- Use good ventilation: Run ventilating fans when cooking, taking a shower, doing laundry or during any activities that can produce moisture. Make sure clothes dryers are vented to the outdoors, not to your attic or anywhere inside your house.
- Use proper outdoor drainage: Make sure foundations and areas around your house have adequate drainage.
Contact Beyer Boys today for more moisture-fighting strategies and information on preventing mold in your home. We’ve served commercial and residential customers of the San Antonio area for more than 20 years.
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