Moisture/Mold Concerns

Although we do not do any type of environmental testing, we receive quite a few questions/concerns over the issue of mold.

We thought we might offer a few common sense tips that will help in preventing this issue.

1. Moisture control is the key!!!!

2. Keep the home clean and dry; dry wet or damp areas within 48 hours.

3. Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the home as soon as possible.

4. Watch for condensation and wet spots; fix the sources of moisture problems as soon as possible.

5. Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks and increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).

6. Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.

7. Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside.

8. Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60 percent relative humidity (RH), ideally 30 percent to 50 percent, if possible.

9. Perform regular HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.

10. Don’t let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

11. Periodic roof/attic inspections may also prevent an unseen roof leak. This is especially important after a storm with high winds or hail.

If you are not experienced with home/building repairs you may want to consult a professional when making repairs, or for assistance with mold-prevention-related changes to your home/building.

 

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