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No home is completely free of mold. However, it’s not critical that mold is totally eradicated from your home. Your job is simply to prevent excessive mold growth before it has the chance to cause any damage in your home. This is certainly doable, but it does require some serious effort on your part. Below are four tips for preventing mold growth according to our mold remediation experts at Maxon’s in White Plains, NY.
A cluttered home is more likely to become a breeding ground for mold problems. This is because the clutter can prevent effective air circulation throughout your home. For example, furniture and drapes that even partially block vents can lead to less airflow and the buildup of condensation. Clutter that doesn’t block ventilation units can also lead to mold growth by either increasing moisture levels or hiding pockets of water so you don’t notice them until the mold has already begun growing.
Mold problems often emerge during hot, humid summers when you’re tempted to play with the air conditioner. But set the thermostat too high, and the air conditioner won’t dehumidify your air effectively; set it too low, and you create cold surfaces where water vapor can condense. For preventing moisture problems and maximize energy efficiency, it is recommended that you set the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Standing water in your home is a telltale sign of mold growth. It doesn’t take long at all for a water puddle to lead to mold growing and spreading throughout your home. Thus, you should be on the lookout for any pockets of standing water in your home and make sure to remove them as soon as you notice one. It’s also important that you dry out all the moisture from these pockets as well. If you remove the standing water but still leave some moisture behind, mold can still flourish.
A musty odor doesn’t mean that a home is old. This is a common misconception because older homes often have mold problems and smell musty as a result. A brand new home with a mold problem will have a musty odor as well. If you ever detect a musty odor in your home, you should take measures right away to find the source of the smell. Odds are, it will be a hidden pocket of mold somewhere.
The last thing you ever want to deal with in your home is a mold infestation. By following the simple tips given above you will be able to prevent such an infestation from ever occurring. However, if your home is ever affected by mold damage for any reason, don’t put up with it on your own. Our team at Maxon’s in White Plains, NY is just one call away and is here to help. Don’t ever hesitate to give us a call for any mold damage remediation and removal help you may need.