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Tips to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

Winter temperatures have faded, and the warmth of spring has made its debut! With the influx in temperature, mold spore levels start to rise. These mold spores can make your allergy symptoms flare overnight! To ensure your home is mold-free, consider implementing these four tips.

1. Improve Air Flow

Mold thrives in damp, warm environments. If you improve the air flow throughout your entire home, those damp areas will dry out faster and mold will not be able to flourish. We suggest using ceiling and floor fans regularly to keep air flow at optimal levels. In especially damp rooms, it’s important to use a humidifier and set it to at least 45%. Remember, humidifiers and air conditioners can be a source of mold growth so make sure you clean out these two helpful machines regularly.

2. Fix Leaks

According to FEMA, “Mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure. Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture.” If you have a leak that you forego fixing or it has gone unnoticed for a long period of time, there is a very good chance that mold has developed and started to spread. The leak must be fixed, and the mold-infested area must be treated to eliminate the mold growth.

3. Drain Rainwater Away from Your Home

Does rain collect in your gutters and get pushed down to the ground through your gutter system? If the output is right next to your home, rainwater may start to collect near the foundation. Water can find its way through tiny knicks and crannies, causing mold growth and contributing to an excess of moisture in your basement. Be proactive about this rainwater by guiding it away from your home’s foundation.

4. Use Exhaust Fans in the Bathroom

High-quality exhaust fans pull the moisture-filled air out of the bathroom and, hopefully, into the outdoors. This can greatly minimize the amount of moisture collecting in your bathroom as you shower or take a bath. (Did you know? Typical bathrooms endure more water than roofs! Make sure you have your exhaust fan on or a window open to let the moisture escape.)

Langford Allergy Can Help with Your Mold Allergy

Mold spreads by sending its spores – or seeds – into the air. If you breathe in these seeds, it could cause asthma symptoms to flare. If these seeds enter your nostrils, you could experience allergy symptoms. It’s important to do everything you can to safeguard your home against mold growth! Additionally, talk to the Langford Allergy team today about how you can eliminate this allergy altogether. Call us: 478-787-4728