There is much talk about handling mold once you have it, but how can you prevent it? While we all know a good spring cleaning helps eliminate old dust and grime from the last couple of seasons, there may be a few things you could consider doing to avoid mold growth.
Mold Prevention with Moisture Control
A huge key is moisture control. Mold is everywhere; in the air, outside on surfaces – really anywhere there is organic material present. With excess moisture can come mold growth that can compromise indoor air quality and your and your family’s health.
Mildew and Mold in the Bathroom
Some areas where mold commonly finds its way in, for starters, is in the bathroom. Showers, tubs, and grout can be a perfect environment for mold to grow. These areas remain wet constantly and often don’t get a chance to dry out before being used again. You should also close the shower curtain after use to allow drying and regularly wash it if it’s machine-washable. Take extra time to scour your shower/tub, especially if it has tile, to keep microbial growth at bay.
Mold on Windows
Windows/window frames are also at risk of higher moisture levels. Interior condensation on windows will happen simply because the air inside your house is far warmer than the glass itself. This also shows that the humidity is higher inside than out (not a surprise for New England winter!). Humidity levels can be controlled in various ways, such as by installing a dehumidifier or ensuring proper ventilation when showering or cooking.
Check on your window seals during your deep clean; while condensation is normal during more extreme temperatures, you want to be sure that it’s not causing mold to grow on the window sills or the panes.
Should You Worry About Mold in the Basement?
Now, how about the basement? Sometimes, especially with unfinished basements, they may end up a bit neglected. It’s also a fabulous place for mold to grow, given the correct environment is provided. Yet again, it all comes down to controlling excess moisture. Moisture can seep in through faulty foundations or a hidden leaky pipe. Promptly fix cracked cement, and be sure to periodically take a look at pipes for bad connections and leaks. Additionally, a dehumidifier is always a good thing to have in the basement to keep humidity levels low as well. As you deep clean, check near pipes and behind contents (furniture, storage totes, etc.) to be sure there isn’t any hidden moisture getting trapped and causing mold growth on your belongings.
Consider what organic materials are present in your basement – they’re all food sources for microbes. Wood and other fabrics are prime candidates for mold growth, and it’s essential to take measures to keep them dry.
Mold is Easier to Prevent Than to Remove
We hope you can ascertain what your home might need to avoid the costly and potentially frustrating process of mold removal. Octagon Cleaning is proud to offer free mold inspections if you need a professional opinion.