uncovering and repairing water damage in the home

Four Things You Need To Do To Prevent Mold Growth In Your Home

Taking precautions to keep mold from growing inside your home is extremely important. Once mold grows in your home, you have to deal with the added stress and cost of having it removed by a professional. Additionally, breathing the air in a home that's filled with mold can pose dangerous health risks for your family. So don't wait. Follow these tips to help prevent mold growth in your house.

Create a Barrier in Your Crawl Space

When it comes to preventing mold growth, your crawl space is the place you need to start. It's also common for crawl spaces to have dirt floors, which makes it even easier for mold to grow because the soil holds in any moisture. Fortunately, covering the dirt floor with heavy roofing paper, plastic sheeting, or any other moisture-barrier material creates a barrier between the crawl space and your home that's strong enough to keep the unwanted moisture out of your floors, walls, and ceiling. 

Keep Your Gutters Clean

Clogged gutters make great mold breeding grounds. The longer debris sits in your gutters and downspouts, the more likely it is for rain and snow to dampen the debris, which isn't too likely to dry out quickly. Remember, both mold and mildew love damp areas, and it doesn't take much for mold and mildew growth to spread to your roof.

Keep Your House Cool

The temperature in your house needs to be set so that you and your family are comfortable. However, you don't want to keep your house too hot, because excess heat increases the risk of mold growth. According to the US Department of Energy, keeping your home at a comfortable 68 degrees when you're home saves you money and conserves energy. This is a good rule of thumb to follow to prevent mold growth as well because it's not overly hot or so cold that it affects your family.

Get Rid of the Humidity

Your house is more likely to be humid in the winter than it is during the summer, because your home remains sealed up tight to keep the cold weather outside. When a house is sealed up for a lengthy amount of time, it becomes more humid. So if it's at all possible crack the windows in your home from time to time to get the humidity out. You can also purchase and use a dehumidifier inside your home. Additionally, there are home thermometers that help you monitor the humidity levels in your house so that you can keep it at safe levels.

Keep in mind that preventing mold growth is easier than having it removed. However, if you do discover mold growing in your home, you should contact a mold remediation company to have it removed as quickly as possible.