How to Avoid Mold and Mildew in Your Home

How to Avoid Mold and Mildew in Your Home

You know how bad mold and mildew can be. From your health to your home’s structural integrity – it’s just bad news if it’s not dealt with immediately. If you’re fortunate enough not to have mold or mildew infiltrate your home, here are a few good ways to keep it that way.

Deal with Water Damage

One of the easiest ways for those pesky fungi to develop is through consistent water damage. Any areas in your home that are prone to leaks or flooding can be easy targets for mold to grow if they’re left ignored. Whether it’s wet flooring, furniture, or upholstery – it is crucial that you clean, dry or remove any areas affected by water damage.

Improve Air Ventilation

Areas of your home that have a poor quality of air ventilation and circulation are also susceptible to mildew or mold growth. You can easily avoid this by cracking a few windows often to let in some fresh air. If it’s winter, or for some reason you’re unable to open any windows, place a dehumidifier in these areas. A dehumidifier will help to remove excess moisture from the air.

In addition, try adding a stand-up fan to the room in order to improve the air circulation. Any areas of your home that are prone to dampness must have a decent amount of air circulation throughout them. Make sure your bathroom has strong ventilation, as showers and hot baths will increase moisture content in the air. This moisture needs a route of escape, or else it could stagnate and lead to mold or mildew.

Attic and Crawl Spaces

Out of sight, out of mind isn’t always a good thing, especially when it comes to your attic or crawl spaces. If you haven’t been up there in a while, it’s important to take a look and assess these areas. Since warm, moist air rises, it can easily linger in your attic. If your attic doesn’t have a good amount of ventilation, this can turn into a petri dish for mold spores.

Make sure there is sufficient ventilation that allows moisture to dissipate, and that any crawl spaces have plastic covering over any dirt flooring to prevent moisture setting into any soil.

Keep it Clean

One of the best ways to scare off mold is by keeping your home spic and span – and that goes for all of those nooks and crannies. If you think some areas may be showing signs of mildew or mold spores, use some distilled vinegar, tea tree oil, or grapefruit extract as a natural remedy to wipe on surfaces and keep your home safe.

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