Controlling moisture is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent mold growth. Here’s how you can accomplish that:
- Use Ventilation Fans. Any part of your home susceptible to moisture must be ventilated regularly in order to prevent the conditions conducive to mold growth. Your kitchen and bathroom should be at the top of this list, as activities such as cooking and showers can create enormous amounts of steam and moisture. If you do not have a working ventilation fan in both of those rooms, then installing or repairing them may be a good idea.
- Ventilate naturally. Ventilating a basement, and attic, a crawl space etc. can be a bit trickier, but it is possible. Open any available windows when possible, as this method is both energy efficient and effective. If this is not enough, you may wish to purchase a dehumidifier to use as-needed, where-needed.
- Be aware of creating moisture. Remember that you are affecting the humidity level when you shower, cook, run the dryer, etc. Be aware that hotter showers, longer cooking times, and certain dryer settings may make this issue more severe. This isn’t to say you can’t do any of these things: but understanding the ways in which you create moisture will enable you to take stronger action in order to prevent a buildup of humidity and mold-friendly conditions.
- Prepare for guests. Fun fact: one person breathing will release about ¼ a cup of water into the air every hour just by breathing. Under normal conditions this isn’t such a big deal, but if you are planning on entertaining a large number of guests this can have a significant impact on humidity inside the home. (With just four pints of water, the humidity within the average home can be raised from 15% to 60%.) Taking measures such as cracking a few windows or turning on a dehumidifier can help keep your guests more comfortable while also safeguarding against mold-friendly conditions.
- Never air-dry clothes inside. Perhaps it’s winter and you don’t feel like dealing with cold outdoor temperatures. Perhaps it is raining but you want to air-dry those sheets as quickly as possible. Air-drying clothes inside will cause humidity to skyrocket, creating the perfect conditions for mold colonies to form. If you’re going to air-dry your clothes, do it outdoors. Doing it this way can actually help save on your energy bill while also limiting the humidity that your drier creates in your home.
- Run the AC. This option can be costly as it is not very energy efficient, and it definitely shouldn’t be your go-to strategy. However, if you have a sudden problem with humidity, briefly turning on your air conditioner can help filter out excess moisture from the air.
- Move your houseplants. Plants give off quite a bit of moisture, so make sure you do not leave them in a part of the home that already has moisture problems. On a related note: firewood contains quite a bit of water that will eventually evaporate, so keep it outside.
- Fight mold fast. While we are on the subject of preventing mold-friendly conditions, it is worth mentioning that getting rid of existing mold is the number-one most important step you can take in order to prevent further growth. Visit RMR Solutions online today to view our powerful mold-fighting products such as the RMR Botanical Cleaner and Odor Treatment!