Mold Prevention in New Jersey
The best way to prevent mold growth is to eliminate excess moisture. Clean up any leaks, spills or floods as soon as possible. Mold begins to grow in as little as 48 hours.
You should also keep indoor humidity levels low. The EPA recommends indoor relative humidity levels be kept between 35%-50%. If moisture and humidity levels are not kept below 50%, there is a high risk you’ll be dealing with ongoing mold problems in the future. High humidity levels indoors lead to mold, mildew, and high concentrations of biological microorganisms such as bacteria and dust mites, all of which can affect the health of occupants.
Dehumidification is the best single way to prevent mold growth in your home. Mold Solutions by Cowleys will evaluate your current situation and recommend the proper dehumidifier to install to ensure that humidity levels won’t trigger mold growth.
Ways to Control Moisture and Keep Water Out of Your Home
- Poor foundation drainage around the house is often the major source of exterior moisture getting into the house.
- Vented crawl space allows water and hot humid air to enter. For homeowners with crawl space mold and moisture problems, consider contacting us to learn about the benefits of crawl space encapsulation and how it can transform your crawl space into a clean, dry, attractive, and energy-efficient space.
- Dirt floors are a common source of groundwater intrusion. Periodically check to see if the soil floor of your crawl space or basement is wet or soggy.
- The land around your building should be properly graded so that water flows away from the house, not towards it!
- Keep your roof in good repair by replacing any missing roof shingles.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris that could block water flow. Water from downspouts should be directed away from the property.
- Missing flashing around chimney and plumbing vent stacks may allow moisture into attics or walls.
- Check around windows for damage and water seepage.
- If water is leaking through basement walls or flooring during heavy rains, check the underground piping connected to downspouts. Broken pipes could allow water to seep into the soil and into your basement.
- Keep dust to a minimum. Mold can grow on organic material found in dust.
Ways to Prevent Condensation and Excess Humidity in Your Home
- Install an energy-efficient dehumidifier in your basement or crawl space. Basements and crawl spaces often have notoriously high humidity levels.
- Open windows or run ventilation fans in bathrooms when taking a shower. Fans should be vented directly to the outdoors, not into the attic or wall voids.
- Dryer vents should also extend to the outside.
- If you use a humidifier make sure it doesn’t increase humidity levels over 50%.
- Install an attic fan if you don’t already have one, and if you do have one, make sure it is working!
While you can’t eliminate all mold spores in your house or completely prevent them from entering, taking the above precautions will go a long way in preventing mold growth.
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