Now that this winter is finally over , it is time to start Spring Cleaning! One step people might not think of is to check for excess moisture that could lead to mold growth and take steps to prevent mold from becoming a problem in the home.
Molds are everywhere in the environment and can grow on virtually any organic substance where moisture and oxygen are present. Mold growth will often occur when excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials. If the moisture problem remains unaddressed, it can affect your home’s indoor air quality and the health of people sensitive to mold, too
To avoid that, here are some tips you can use:
If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.
Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
Identify and fix plumbing leaks and other water problems immediately.
Clean air conditioning drip pans regularly and make sure the drain lines are unobstructed and flowing properly.
When water leaks or spills occur indoors clean them up immediately.
Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent — ideally between 30 and 50% . (Humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores.)
Scrub any visible mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water and dry the area completely.