An Ounce of Prevention Beats a Ton of Mold Worry

Are you doing the important things to prevent mold growing anywhere inside your home?         

Mold won’t grow in a dry place, so preventing water intrusion and condensation is very important.  A few tips:

  • Search for and remove any sources of dampness above and below your home’s living space. Pipe leaks or groundwater seeping into basements and crawl spaces or warm damp air trapped inside attics are the more common causes of mold we see. Have a qualified professional advise you on appropriate ventilation and vapor barriers for attics, crawl spaces and basements. Ventilation to remove damp and stagnant air is essential in any building.
  • Check that all bathrooms are properly ventilated.  A bathroom without adequate ventilation is like a fireplace without a chimney! ALWAYS run the bathroom fan during a shower or bath and for awhile after to clear moist air. If you don’t have a working ventilation fan, have one installed. They are not expensive and new versions are quieter. Clean lint from the fan cover occasionally so air always flows freely. Open a window or door if a bath fan just can’t be installed.
  • Use a dehumidifier in any area of your home that smells musty or damp. Keep the humidity levels below 50 percent in rooms where air is stagnant. Remember though to frequently clean the dehumidifier’s collection bucket and condensation coils.
  • Use an air conditioner, and consider installing central air conditioning with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter attachment. The HEPA filter will trap mold spores from outdoor air before they get circulated inside your home.
  • Use better quality filters on your furnace and air conditioners and change them frequently. Have forced-air heating ducts inspected and, if necessary, cleaned.
  • Don’t carpet bathrooms and basements. If you must have something on the floor, use small area rugs which can be easily cleaned and aired out frequently.
  • Promote groundwater drainage away from your house by removing vegetation and dead leaves from around the foundation. Clear debris from rain gutters frequently. Install drain tile or regrade if rain water puddles next to a foundation.
  • Don’t use organic plant containers which absorb water, such as those made of straw, wicker or hemp. Don’t over water your houseplants. Damp wicker clothes hampers also will mold and have even been known to attract carpenter ants.
  • Frequently toss or recycle old books and newspapers. Mold loves paper. If left in damp places, such as basements, these items can readily grow mold and mildew.
Books and Newspapers easily mold in damp rooms.

Books and newspapers can easily mold in damp basement rooms.

  • Good housekeeping is a basic weekly mold prevention strategy! 

For advice on all your household moisture or mold concerns, please call us. There are correct solutions to nearly every problem. Our experienced staff are here to help you.     406 892-1717.

Source material from Mayo Clinic. Posted January 1, 2014 by Lloy.

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