Mold only needs organic materials and moisture to grow rampantly throughout your home. Lots of natural materials make up a house, like drywall, wood, and other building materials. That means preventing mold is a matter of controlling moisture.
Preventing Water Leaks
Leaks drive up the water bill, and they can be hard to find. There are two main kinds of costly water leaks to watch out for:
- Leaky toilets happen often, especially in multi-family homes. When a toilet flapper erodes, water slowly trickles down. If the toilet gets stuck open, the leak may be as bad as an open faucet.
- Irrigation leaks are also hard to find since they’re underground. Underground lines can burst due to freezing winters or due to mites. Irrigation leaks can quickly destroy a water bill.
As moisture accumulates, promptly dry it and fix whatever caused it. Controlling moisture buildup is a matter of eliminating cold surfaces and lowering humidity.
Your HVAC system can also assist with moisture control. Electric and gas furnaces use dry heat to reduce humidity. The AC cools the air and naturally reduces the moisture level, too. Keep the registered unlocked to ensure proper airflow. Be sure to regularly inspect and maintain the unit as well to ensure appropriate function.
Prevent humid air from getting inside with weatherstripping and caulking. Bathroom exhaust fans and ducted kitchen exhaust hoods also help. These tools remove moisture accumulated from cooking, drying clothes, bathing, and other activities. Make sure the devices don’t get dusty, or else they won’t work well.
If you can’t overcome huge humidity problems, a dehumidifier can relieve the burden. They work best in bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, or anywhere with poor air circulation. Make sure to get ENERGY STAR qualified devices to save on your energy bill.
Newer homes are tighter than older ones, typically. For the most part, this is a good thing, but it doesn’t release moisture quickly. Several solutions exist, but the first step is to get an inexpensive hygrometer to track humidity.
It’s easy to fix common sources, such as too many nearby green plants. Other problems, like ground moisture coming up through the concrete, require more extensive care. If you can’t figure it out, talk with a home inspector who knows how to prevent mold, like Foxhill Construction. Our experts know how to control moisture in the home, so you don’t have to live with mold.
Once mold has the chance to grow in your home, removing the source of moisture isn’t enough. Mold that runs out of moisture still remains dormant without dying. Then, this inactive mold sits in your home for a long time, waiting to drink up again.
In other words, if you already had a problem with mold, you’ll need help. Foxhill Construction can help you take the necessary steps to prevent and remove mold. Contact us today to schedule a home estimate at your convenience!