Mold is typically microscopic fungi that reproduces by releasing spores into the air. Once the spores settle on a surface with the right conditions, they begin to grow. A musty smell often accompanies the presence of the spores. Mold testing conducted by certified staff can tell you if there is mold in your home even if it is dormant. Here are some tips to help you to prevent mold from thriving in your home during the summer months.
- Control the Humidity
Mildew is a common type of mold that grows in moist conditions. If there is water, such as condensation, leaking pipes or moisture in the air caused from the weather, showering or even running the dishwasher, humidity can be high. Reduce the water on surfaces by wiping it from walls, floors and ceilings. Fans in the bathroom and kitchen keep the air flowing, which can reduce humidity. If you struggle with mold during the summer, mold removal services can help treat problem areas and improve indoor air quality.
- Regulate the Temperature
The ideal temperature for mold growth is between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. During the warmer months, the interior of the home can easily reach these temperatures. Keeping the thermostat set to the low 70s makes it difficult for mold to propagate. Open vents in the HVAC system throughout the interior to keep the air circulating.
- Clean Surfaces Routinely
Mold thrives in natural fibers such as cotton and wool, and on organic materials such as leather, wood and paper. Surfaces coated with soil, grease or food are also ideal breeding grounds in warm, moist conditions. Cleaning all porous surfaces frequently can prevent mold from taking hold and becoming a problem. If mold persists, a mold inspection can help you pinpoint and remove the problem area.
Contact a Professional
Identifying and eradicating mold can be difficult as it can grow back quickly if even a small number of spores have been missed. Contact our Mold Masters team or call (800) 371-4199 to find out how we can help you improve the air quality in your home.