10 Mold Prevention Tips

Author: Pacific Northwest Inspections Group, LLC   Date: 25-Nov-2013.   Category: Mold   Add to Favorites 

MOLD!—It can seriously affect the quality of your indoor air quality. Mold can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, irritate, the eyes, the skin, the throat, nose and lungs of all occupants living in contaminated house, even pets! You can prevent mold from destroying your home and improve your air quality.Toxic mold spores on drywall

  1. Bathrooms - After showering turn on the exhaust fan for at least 20 minutes. "The less humidity in the air, the less moisture, the less mold. The EPA recommends a humidity level of 30-50%"
  2. Wet Laundry - "Going Green and air drying your laundry increases the risk of mold growth, use a dryer"
  3. Vent Appliances - "If possible add ducting to vent all appliances to the exterior. Especially your Kitchen range hood, when cooking use it."
  4. Gutter and Downspout Drainage - "Make sure the ground slopes downward away from your home. Water pooling around the foundation of your house is a resource for mold."
  5. Plumbing Leaks - "Check under sinks and around your water heater for leaks"
  6. Food & Drinks - "Throw out old expired food, especially fruit. Make sure young children return unused drink bottles and food to the waste can."
  7. Crawlspace Vents - "Check around your home that nothing is blocking your crawlspace venting, flashlight helps"
  8. Irrigation System - "Insure your unground sprinkler system is watering just the plants and not your home"
  9. Dust - "HEPA vacuum your home, Mold loves dust as it is full of organic materials, Mold food"
  10. Plants - "Lower the spread of mold spores from indoor house plants by adding 1" layer of sand to the top of the potting soil. This greatly reduces mold."