While mold may have many beneficial purposes, such as breaking down organic matter and making penicillin, it’s never a welcome sight in your home. On top of hindering your home’s visual appeal, mold can also be detrimental to your family’s health.
If left unchecked, mold can develop into an even bigger and more costly issue. The best course of action is to control existing problem areas, and then take steps to prevent toxic mold growth from coming back.
How to Prevent Toxic Mold Growth
Mold spores are everywhere in our environment. When mold comes into contact with moisture and the right temperature, it can begin to breed. Once you’ve determined what areas of your home have mold, take the following steps to remedy the problem (and prevent its return):
- Purchase a black mold removal product to get rid of any existing mold.
- Wear gloves and a face mask to protect yourself during the cleanup.
- Scrub moldy surfaces and ensure these areas are thoroughly dry once you’ve removed the fungus. (Make sure these areas remain dry.)
- Fix any leaky pipes and damaged gutters immediately.
- Use your exhaust fans when showering, cooking or cleaning, ensuring they ventilate outdoors rather than your attic.
- Keep your indoor humidity levels in check. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends winter humidity levels between 45 to 55 percent, and summer humidity levels between 30 to 55 percent.
- Turn on your air conditioner or dehumidifier to reduce humidity.
- Improve ventilation by using ceiling fans and opening your windows to let fresh air in.
- Add insulation to areas where condensation tends to be a problem, such as around windows, pipes, outer walls, floors and roofs.
- Ensure water is directed away from your home if the ground doesn’t slope enough to prevent water from collecting (and potentially infiltrating your home).
For more information on how to prevent toxic mold growth in your Southwest Oklahoma home, please contact Davis Air Conditioning anytime.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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