A Mold-Free Home is a Healthy Home – Here is Your Quick Guide for Prevention

A Mold-Free Home is a Healthy Home – Here is Your Quick Guide for Prevention

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. 

  1. If mold is a problem in your home, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  2. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  3. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30% to 60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    1. venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside;
    2. using air conditioners and de-humidifiers;
    3. increasing ventilation; and
    4. using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

While it is impossible to eliminate microbial activity completely, taking these simple steps can go a long way to preventing mold issues in the home.

A Mold Reducing Strategy is Crucial to a Healthy Home – Here is Your Quick Guide to Greatly Diminish Mold in the Home

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. While there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. Homeowners should take these simple steps to clean indoor mold growth and prevent its cause.

1) Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

2) Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials that are moldy (such as carpeting and ceiling tiles) may need to be replaced.

3) Prevent condensation.  Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, and floors) by adding insulation

4) In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting.

A Mold-Free Home is a Healthy Home – Here is Your Quick Guide for Prevention

Keep in mind that molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Mold is very treatable, but it can be persistent and can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

A good Home Inspector knows how to look for molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, etc. and can easily recognize when current homeowners have not taken these simple steps to keep their home clean and safe.

If you have any questions please contact Andrew Winnard at Old Line Home Inspections at Old Line Home Inspections at (410) 236-3027 or click here to schedule an appointment.