Keeping Mold Out of the Home

A mold problem in the home can cause serious health effects, especially for young children, the elderly, those who suffer from allergies or asthma, and those with prior respiratory conditions. Mold can cause eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, shortness of breath, wheezing and infections in the lungs.

Though most molds grow outdoors, they can get inside a home through open windows and doors, air conditioning systems, pets, clothing and shoes. Minimizing the cost of mold damage starts with prevention. Moisture is a primary factor in mold development so it’s essential to address moisture problems in their early states to eliminate the potential for mold growth.

Try these prevention tips to keep mold out of your home:

  • Clean up any water damage or flooding thoroughly and immediately.
  • Use a dehumidifier and a wet-dry vacuum to remove water quickly.
  • Remove carpeting that can’t be dried out within 48 hours. If your carpet was contaminated by sewer water or a flood, it needs to be replaced.
  • Repair basement cracks so that moisture can’t seep in.
  • Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce indoor moisture, especially during humid months. Empty the drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator and dehumidifier on a regular basis to prevent water buildup.
  • Fix plumbing leaks immediately. Mold will begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours after a leak forms.

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