As important as it is to understand what causes mold in closets, it is equally important to know how to prevent the fungus from growing and spreading.

Closets are often naturally humid, since they trap damp air when you shut them and can experience issues such as plumbing leaks and migrating attic mold. Review techniques your Long Beach mold removal team suggests for keeping the spores from taking over your home’s closets. 

Ensure Your Clothes Are Completely Dry

Storing damp clothes in your closet is a recipe for mold growth. Most strains require dark, damp conditions to thrive, as well as organic “food sources.” Spores easily reproduce on wet or damp clothes, so make certain each garment is fully dry before hanging it up or putting it on a shelf. Do the same for any washable shoes and bags to prevent musty odors and potentially-ruined items. 

Check For Leaks Frequently

Plumbing leaks occur from pipe corrosion, old age, and pressure from serious clogs, among other things. Any water lines near your closets that leak allow water into the storage spaces, and subsequently mold. Get in the habit of checking your closets–and the rest of your home–about once a month for plumbing leaks to sidestep water damage and mold growth. Look for “hidden” leak signs, including brownish spots on walls and wet drywall. 

Maintain a Healthy Humidity Level

A humidity level of 60% or higher provides sufficient moisture for mold growth. Your black mold removal team in Los Angeles recommends maintaining a humidity level between 30% and 50% to avoid fungus issues. Keeping windows open for cross-breeze purposes helps assuming the weather is temperate and not overly-humid. You’ll also want to use fans and large dehumidifiers, or consider a whole-house dehumidifying system. Adding small dehumidifiers to each closet in your house helps as well. 

Clean the Shelves Often

Wiping down your closet shelves once a month with a mold-killing solution, such as white vinegar and water, helps keep the fungus from forming. Mold prefers unclean environments that are damp and bacteria heavy, so maintaining clean premises is a must. It’s also a good idea to consider replacing wooden shelves with metal ones, as the latter material is impervious to mold growth. 

To schedule a mold inspection in your Orange County home, make an appointment with Mold Masters today. 

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