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How can I prevent mold from growing in my house?

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    Molds are a form of fungus that can develop in a variety of environments, but they can pose a health risk and have a detrimental influence on air quality within your home. As a result, controlling mold in your home is critical for the health and safety of your family and any visitors who visit. The good news is that preventing mold is easy, and the key is to keep your home’s moisture and humidity under control.

    1. Keep an eye on the humidity levels. Mold grows in wet conditions, so keeping your home dry is one of the most important strategies to keep mold away. Install a hygrometer in your home to track the amount of moisture inside.
    • To prevent mold growth, keep the humidity level in your home below 60%.
    1. Open windows when bathing. When you shower or bathe, open a bathroom window to let excess moisture out.
    • If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, leave the door open and open the nearest window you can.
    1. Wipe down the walls after bathing. Mold can grow on the walls of a shower or tub if moisture from the shower or bath sits on them. The simplest approach to avoid this is to wipe clean the bathroom walls with a sponge, towel, or squeegee after each bath.
    • It’s important to get the help of your entire family in cleaning off the walls after each shower.
    1. Don’t ignore damp clothes. When doing laundry, don’t leave wet clothes in the machine too long since mold will begin to grow on them. Remove the clothes from the machine as soon as the washing cycle is finished and place them in the dryer or on the line.
    • Set a timer when doing laundry if you need help remembering to move clothes.
    • In the same way, never leave damp clothes or towels on the floor or clumped in a washing basket. Always hang wet things to dry.
    1. Don’t hang clothes to dry inside. Always hang clothing outside if you don’t have a dryer or want to line dry items to save energy. Any water that evaporates off your clothes will otherwise linger in the air in your home, allowing mold to grow on your walls, floors, and other surfaces.
    • If you have to hang items to dry inside during the winter, make sure the space is well-ventilated, that air is moving, and that fans are used to drive air and moisture from the room outside.
    1. Clean spills and floods immediately. Mold can start developing on moist surfaces in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Address standing water as soon as a spill, leak, or flood happens to avoid this. This includes water on:
    • Carpets and floors
    • Furniture
    • Clothing
    • Bedding
    • Foundation walls and basement floors
    1. Use exhaust fans and vents. Many areas in your home, including the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, require exhaust vents. Turn on exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom whenever you cook or bathe. Make sure the dryer is vented to the outdoors in the laundry room.
    • Ensure that your crawl space and basement are adequately ventilated as well. Install vents or fans if the air isn’t moving around sufficiently.
    1. Empty drip trays regularly. Drip trays are built into some appliances to catch water and moisture. This includes refrigerators, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. To prevent mold from forming in these, drain and clean them on a regular basis.
    • Spills, leaks, and overflows can cause moisture problems under the fridge, near window sills, and on basement floors, so emptying drip trays are a good idea.
    1. Increase ventilation and air circulation. Keeping your home’s air flowing and providing a supply of fresh air will go a long way toward controlling humidity. Open the windows to let stale air out when the weather permits, and use ceiling fans all year to circulate the air within.
    • If you don’t have ceiling fans, you can circulate air with standing or oscillating fans.
    1. Run a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will help you control the humidity in your home by removing any moisture from the air that you can’t avoid. Dehumidifiers are especially helpful in damp areas such as basements and crawl spaces.
    • If you have a large home, you should consider installing at least two dehumidifiers in various places.
    1. Replace the carpets in the basement and bathrooms with area rugs. Areas that are prone to becoming wet should not be carpeted completely. This includes bathrooms and basements that are moist or prone to flooding. Remove the carpet and, if necessary, replace it with area rugs.
    • Area rugs are better than carpets because they can be removed, cleaned, and dried if they get wet.
    1. Improve insulation. Cold surfaces, such as walls, pipes, and tanks, are prone to condensation formation. You can prevent this with extra insulation. Outfit metal pipes with insulating sleeves, wrap toilet and water tanks with insulating blankets, and add more insulation to the basement, exterior wall, and attic floors, ceilings, and windows.
    • If any of these surfaces have developed condensation, dry them promptly and inspect them on a regular basis to ensure that they remain dry.
    1. Fix leaks. Pipes, appliances, the roof, and faucets and taps are the most common sources of moisture problems in a home. Inspect your home for leaks and symptoms of water damage on a regular basis, and fix any problems as soon as possible. Don’t forget to check for leaks:
    • Under sinks
    • Around fridges, water coolers, and ice makers
    • Under floors, especially in the basement
    • Around air conditioners
    • Near toilets, tubs, and showers

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