How to Prevent Mold and Mildew Growth
Power outages, spring flooding, leaking pipes — these are a few of the unfortunate mishaps that can take a toll on a home. The water damage, excessive heat and humidity that accompany these disasters create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Rugs and carpet are especially susceptible to mold and mildew due to their absorbent materials. If your home has experienced water damage or extreme heat recently, takes these steps to stop mold and mildew growth before it starts.
- Start the cleanup process immediately: Whether a minor leak or major water damage, starting the cleanup right away is crucial. Once mold begins to form, it doesn’t take long to spread and can become hard to eradicate.
- Let in sunlight and fresh air: Mold thrives in dark and damp areas. Sunlight and fresh air are the best ways to combat potential mold growth. Open the drapes and windows to make sure your home gets proper lighting and a nice breeze. If possible, let the rugs hang outside in the direct sunlight until they’re completely dry.
- Use a dehumidifier: Mold needs moisture to grow and spread. With a dehumidifier, you can remove excess moisture from the air and return your home to a safe humidity level, which is between 30 and 50 percent.
- Keep the room temperature low: In addition to moisture, heat makes it easier for mold and mildew to grow. Keep your thermostat set below 80 degrees to keep your home cool and make it difficult for the mold and mildew to form in the first place.
Water damage and extreme heat can cause a number of problems in a home. With these steps, a mold and mildew infestation doesn’t have to be one of them.
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