Preventing Moisture and Mold in the Home
While the current weather outside does not reflect it, warmer weather is on the way. It won’t be long, and we will be complaining that it is too hot and be running for the thermostat to crank the AC unit on and try to find a comfortable temperature.
This can create a perfect environment for mold growth in your home if there becomes enough moisture in the area. There are four requirements for mold growth:
- Mold spores
- Temperatures of 70° or more
- Food source - Not a steak and potatoes kind of food, but the mold spores generally feed on wood, drywall, and insulation.
To help in the prevention of mold growth there are some steps you can take:
- Maintain the moisture level- anything above 50% is favorable for mold growth and anything below 30% can have negative effects on your health. You want to keep it between 30-50%.
- Fix any leaks as soon as you find them
- Clean up any water spills as soon as you notice it. It doesn’t take a large amount to create a huge, moldy mess.
- If your AC unit is inside, make sure you empty the drip pan regularly to prevent any overflow and avoid a damp environment.