8 Steps to Prevent Mold in Summer

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In the summer, many homeowners in St. Louis and Chicago are eager to open their windows, enjoying the warm weather and outdoor activities. However, this increased humidity can also create an ideal environment for mold growth. At Mold Solutions, we want to help you prevent mold from ruining your summer. In this blog post, we’ll share 8 essential steps to keep mold at bay.

Step 1: Reduce Humidity

Summer weather in St. Louis and Chicago can be notoriously humid, with average relative humidity levels reaching up to 70%. To combat this, use a dehumidifier or install a whole-house ventilation system to reduce the moisture levels in your home.

Dehumidifiers are one of the best solutions when dealing with moisture. All you have to do is set the humidity level you want in the room (an ideal level is between 30-50%) and press the Start button. The dehumidifier will remove all the excess moisture and leave you with clean, fresh air.

There are many dehumidifier models on the market, so you can choose one ideal for the space you have. For instance, if your attic gets a lot of humidity, a larger dehumidifier would be recommended for the home’s interior, and attic ventilation installed.

Step 2: Fix Leaks and Water Damage

Water damage is a common cause of mold growth. Make sure to fix any leaks, clean up water spills promptly, and address any water damage issues to prevent mold from forming. Remember if you are going on vacation this summer, it is important to check for leaks before you go because if a pipe is leaking or has running water mold can grow within 24-48 hours. Mold Solutions recommends turning off the water to the house when leaving for a couple of days or longer. It’s generally one valve that is easy to turn off.

A great way to fix a moisture problem caused by the pipes is to wrap them up in foam insulation tubes. The tubes will keep the moisture from releasing into the air, protecting your home.

Roof leaks could also add to the moisture levels of the house, so it’s important to fix them ASAP.

Step 3: Improve Ventilation

Proper ventilation is crucial in preventing mold growth. Ensure that your home has adequate airflow by using fans, or installing a ventilation system. If air can freely circulate in your home, we guarantee that humidity will not stick around for long.

The next time you boil water, take a shower, or engage in any kind of activity that will result in a lot of humidity, make sure you use the exhaust fan.

Step 4: Keep Your Home Clean

Regular cleaning can help prevent mold growth by removing organic materials like dust, dirt, and debris. Focus on high-moisture areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

If you constantly hang your laundry to dry inside the house, that could create a lot of moisture. Try to hang your laundry to dry outside whenever possible, even if it will take slightly longer.

Step 5: Check for Condensation

Condensation can occur when warm air meets a cooler surface. Inspect your home for areas where condensation may be forming, such as windowsills, pipes, or rooflines, and take steps to address it.

Step 6: Remove Clutter

Cluttered spaces can trap moisture and create an environment conducive to mold growth. Keep your home organized by removing clutter, and storing items in sealed containers.

Step 7: Monitor Temperature

Maintain a consistent indoor temperature between 68°F and 72°F (20°C and 22°C) to prevent mold growth. Avoid extreme temperatures that can encourage moisture buildup.

Step 8: Regularly Inspect Your Home

Regular inspections are essential in detecting potential mold issues early on. Look for signs of mold, such as discoloration, odors, or water damage, and address them promptly.

By following these 8 steps, you’ll be well on your way to preventing mold growth in your St. Louis or Chicago home this summer. Remember, a clean, well-ventilated, and dry environment is key to keeping your home mold-free. If you do encounter mold issues, don’t hesitate to contact Mold Solutions for professional guidance and solutions.

About Mold Solutions

At Mold Solutions, our team of experts is dedicated to helping homeowners in St. Louis and Chicago. If you suspect you have mold growth in your home, we can help you develop an individualized plan that is not only cost-effective but one that works with your timeline. We’ll not only help you determine the cause of the growth and work with you on resolving that particular issue, but we’ll also give you expert advice on mold prevention for the future and explain your options for our mold testing and remediation services.

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