by Alicia Bodine, Contributing Writer
First, you must know where to look for the mold. Mold forms when there is air and moisture. That means you need to check places like your kitchen stove area, dryer area, around your heaters, and windows that may not be properly insulated.
Second, you may want to consider using air conditioners in the summer on those dreadfully humid days. Dehumidifiers work well and can be used all year long. You may also want to consider keeping some fans going, as this will circulate the air in your home.
Third, when the weather is permissible be sure to open windows and doors. Increasing the ventilation in your home can decrease the chance of moisture turning into mold.
Fourth, if leaks occur within the home, clean them up immediately. Water cleaned up with 24-48 hours usually does not turn into mold. If you have a plumbing leak, make an appointment to get it fixed right away. Do not procrastinate on this.
Fifth, always use a fan in the bathroom when taking a hot shower. This will reduce the moisture you are trapping in the bathroom. If you do not have an exhaust fan in your bathroom you really need to get one. The same idea applies when you are running a dishwasher or using your stove.
Sixth, make it a point to get your windows checked. Do everything you can to seal them up properly. If possible get double-paned windows.
Why is it so important to install proper windows? Condensation is a major mold producer. If the window glass is a lower temperature than the moisture that comes in contact with it, it will turn in to condensation (moisture droplets on your window). Having humidity inside your house with cooler air outside can do this. Properly insulated windows can keep this to a minimum.
It is impossible to get rid of all molds because there are always mold spores floating around your home. The problem comes when the mold spores land on a wet surface and begin to grow. If there is no moisture then the spores cannot grow. So if you find yourself with a mold problem you must get rid of the moisture in your home. Just cleaning up the mold will not stop it from growing again. I hope these tips will help you prevent a future mold problem in your home.
This article was previously published on the Yahoo Contributor Network.
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