Mold can become a huge hassle and hazard in your home. Once mold gets out of control, it can become costly to have it properly cleaned a removed. Mold develops because of moisture in your home that is not properly removed. Luckily there are various ways to inexpensively control mold in your home.
- First, it is important to test your home for mold in areas that are prone to moisture build up such as the basement or bathrooms. If mold is really bad, it will be visible and so a test is not necessary. However, just because you don’t see mold, does not mean it isn’t there and growing. Often mold can be hidden in hard to reach or hard to see places such as underneath ceiling tiles, inside ductwork, or behind walls. You may need to hire a professional to properly inspect your home for mold, however this initial expense can save you a lot of money by proactively taking care of mold instead of finding it when it is too late to repair inexpensively.
- Next, make be sure to reduce moisture in your bathrooms. When using the shower in your bathroom, take the time open any windows to let in fresh air. Also, try to keep the door open whenever possible. In addition, you can turn on a fan or air vent in the bathroom to clear moisture quickly. After being sure to properly ventilate your bathroom, make sure you wipe down your shower and shower curtains after a bath or shower. This will help to prevent mold from developing on these surfaces such as in between tiling or around your tub’s frame. You can use a squeegee or a sponge to remove water droplets each time you shower.
- Keep the humidity in your home as low as possible. Usually it should be at least below 60% relative humidity. This can be tested inexpensively with a handy tool. A moisture humidity meter is a tiny device that can be purchased for as little as $10 and can be found at your local hardware store. If you have a room that is very humid, you can also use a dehumidifier to remove moisture in the air.
- To prevent mold in moisture prone areas, be regular about cleaning. You can use a simple product such as vinegar to wipe this area down a few times each week. Vinegar makes the area too acidic for mold to grow. You can also spray the area with borax mixed with some water. Just be sure to cover your skin and body properly before using any chemical products. You can also purchase a mold-prevention product such as Mister Clean to use daily.
- Finally, another way to control mold in your home is to clean your HVAC air ducts and vents. These areas can collect mold as well as other harmful allergens. To clean vents, simply remove the faceplate and dust them off. Then clean them with a solution such as vinegar or a household, multipurpose cleaner. Next, use a vacuum cleaner with an extension and HVAC filters to vacuum the insides of your air vents.
Mold can decrease the quality of your home drastically. In addition, it can become a health hazard to you and your family if not properly treated and removed. It may be ideal to hire a professional at first to assess your home’s mold situation and explain why factory authorized is best in regard to mold removal products. Using these tips will help you to ensure that moisture is reduced, your vents and ducts are clean, and humidity is low.