As the winter is here, a lot of us are having issues with molds in our homes. They are icky and smell bad and they can grow on wooden furniture, wooden fixtures, clothes, bags, and even walls! Ugh!
Let us remember that mold spores are everywhere but we can prevent the growth of mold. You see, mold a comfortable place to stay with moisture, warmth, and food in order for it to grow. So that means, if you remove the source of moisture, warmth, and food, they stop growing.
Here are some tips:
1. Indoor humidity level should be below 40 percent. If you use a humidifier, make sure that it does not produce excess humidity. Molds love humidity.
2. Clean your home regularly, especially the bathroom area, using a vacuum.
3. Area rugs are better than wall to wall carpets.
4. Don’t store paper products and clothing in humid parts of the house because these are food sources for molds.
5. If you have leaks in your roof or windows, have them repaired as soon as possible so that moisture will not come in.
6. If your bathroom and kitchen are producing a lot of moisture, then it is best to use exhaust fans to let it out.
7. The clothes dryer vent should face outside the window so that it will release the moisture in the air and not inside the room.
8. If you have a basement, consider installing a dehumidifier there. This would make it harder for the mold to develop.
9. Attics should be well-insulated and ventilated.
If there are leaks in the house that you do not know of, it would be best to call in a professional for a thorough inspection so that these can be repaired before winter comes and you will have to deal with the molds sprouting everywhere.
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