There are many different types of mold but regardless of the type, any mold growth inside your home in elevated levels can harm your health. The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it from entering your home in the first place. Here are important ways you can keep mold from growing in your home.
In Florida, our high humidity, roof and plumbing leaks, water infiltration wicking through concrete floors and internal condensation and dust accumulation are the major causes of mold problems.
Keep the Humidity Inside Your Home Low
Indoor mold grows quickly in high humidity levels. By keeping your indoor humidity levels down, you decrease the chances of harmful molds growing in your home.
It’s best to keep indoor humidity to less than 60 percent. You can do this by consistently using your air conditioning and dehumidifiers to keep humidity levels in your home down. Hanging wet towels indoors and taking showers without turning on exhaust fans can cause humidity levels in bathrooms to build up.
You can check your indoor humidity levels with a digital hygrometer. Some newer digital thermostats will even help keep track of the indoor humidity of your home.
Clean Your HVAC System Regularly
Mold thrives on dirt and dust. It’s important to keep air conditioning equipment, ducts, air purifiers, dehumidifiers and window air conditioners clean and dirt-free. Dirty HVAC systems can allow mold to grow through the internal condensation of water and then blow it into the indoor living area.
Installing HEPA filters in your air supply and return registers and fresh air intake will help to capture and remove any mold spores from your system’s airflow. Portable HEPA air cleaners will also help to remove any airborne mold spores from your home.
Using HEPA vacuum cleaners can also remove indoor mold spores from your home. Using borax-based detergents in your home to wash down surfaces once a month will also keep mold spores at bay.
It’s helpful to mold test any air flow from your HVAC system annually for high levels of airborne mold spores. There are mold tests that you can purchase and do yourself or you can call a professional company that does mold inspections in Miami to ensure that your levels are safe.
Rely on Your Senses
Mold often leaves detectable signs and smells. If there is mold growing in your home, you will often smell a musty aroma in sections of the home.
Mold will most often cause visible discoloration on building materials and can often be spotted on exterior siding, ceilings, walls, floors and behind and underneath furniture. It’s important to inspect for visible mold growth and for water leaks and water stains that may indicate water is infiltrating your home.
If you suspect a mold problem in your home, you should get a professional Miami mold inspection of your home. At Florida Inspections Unlimited, we perform mold inspections and testing throughout Miami-Dade County and Broward County. Call us today for a free estimate. (954) 861-0666