If you are indoors and notice a spill or leak, it is important to act quickly. As long as wet objects or areas of your home are completely dry within 1–2 days, they will most likely not grow mold.
You can do several things to prevent the growth of mold in or around your home. This includes:
- Gutters – Perform regular checks of the gutters on your roof. Make sure that they are clean and inspect them for any problems. It is important to keep them clean and promptly repair any issues that arise.
- Humidity – Always keep the humidity levels inside your home as low as possible. Your relative humidity levels are ideal if they are between 30 and 50 percent. You can measure this with a humidity meter. These are inexpensive and most often found in your local hardware store.
- Windows and Walls – Make sure your windows and walls are free of moisture and condensation. This can be a sign of high levels of humidity where mold growth can thrive.
- Drip Pans – Keep your air conditioning and refrigerator drip pans clean and moisture free.
- Drain Lines – Make sure all of your drain lines are flowing properly. If you consistently find condensation on your pipes, this may be a problem. You want to check for leaks and quickly repair them if they are present.
- Foundation – Take a walk around your home. Make sure the ground slopes away from the foundation of your home. You don’t want water to build up around the foundation or eventually leak inside your home.
If you have a moisture problem in or around your home, you want to contact a mold remediation expert right away. Mold poses a serious threat to the structure of your home and the health of you and your loved ones.