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When you live in a humid climate, preventing mold may feel like a losing battle. After all, mold thrives in damp, humid conditions and grows rapidly. But with mold linked to health issues like allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections, it is important to do what you can to prevent mold from growing in your home. Luckily, there are specific steps you can take to do so, even when you live in a humid region of the country. Here are five tips to try:
Buy a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is a great solution for those living in hot, humid climates. Dehumidification removes excess moisture from the air, leaving comfortable, crisp, humidity-free air behind. Since mold needs moisture to reproduce, a dehumidifier helps eliminate the conditions it needs to thrive. Since basements are often the part of the home with the most excess moisture, some homeowners choose to only buy a dehumidifier for their basement. If you live in a humid climate, however, a whole house dehumidifier that links into your HVAC system is a much better bet.
Prevent Basement Flooding
Even a small amount of basement flooding can quickly lead to a large scale mold problem. Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are cleaned regularly and direct water away from your home's foundation and basement. Properly seal your basement windows and consider adding window well covers if you live in an area with a lot of rain. If your basement floods occasionally, you may want to install a sump pump in order to immediately suck away water before it has a chance to cause damage or lead to mold.
Properly Ventilate Your Bathrooms
Bathrooms are common breeding grounds for mold and mildew, because daily use of the shower often creates the damp conditions needed for mold to thrive. You can counteract this by making sure your bathroom is properly ventilated. If your bathroom doesn't already have a working exhaust fan, it is a good idea to have one installed. If your bathroom has a window, it's also wise to leave it open when you shower to help circulate air. Finally, be sure to use a squeegee to soak up excess water from your shower walls and door after every shower.
Declutter Your Home
The less cluttered your home is, the more easily air will circulate and the more effectively your dehumidifier will be able to do its job. In addition, if you have excess clutter and furniture blocking air vents, your HVAC system won't be able to work as efficiently, and condensation may form in the vents, which can lead to the formation of mold. Use this as an opportunity to get rid of any clutter you no longer want or need, and rearrange furniture if necessary to ensure that air vents aren't being blocked.
Look for Standing Water and Leaks
Sometimes all it takes is one unnoticed leaky pipe or refrigerator to create a standing water situation that quickly turns into a mold petri dish. Do a water leak audit of your home, looking for puddles or damp areas on floors or walls, and then making any needed repairs. Water stains on walls or ceilings often signify a leaking pipe behind the wall that needs to be repaired or replaced immediately. Windows that aren't properly sealed will have damp window sills and condensation.
Refrigerators and other appliances that are in need of repair will sometimes leak water, which in turn will lead to moldy conditions. If your audit turns up any leaks, it's time to call a repair company.
By following these tips, you can help ensure a mold-free environment for you and your family.