Summer Home Mold Growth - Preventative Care
Summer is here! Now is the perfect time to make sure an optimum level of home protection from mold damage. Being one step ahead of mold growing, is the key to prevent a greater problem down the road.
Common places to control
Fungi normally needs a moist environment to grow. Typical areas where mold can be found in the home include:
- Heating and air conditioning systems
- Around windows
- Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms
- Basements and crawl spaces under the property
- Pipes and ductwork
- In attics due to leaking roofs
During the summer months it is typical to find higher levels of mold growth due to the increase in relative humidity. It is known that 65%-70% relative humidity will enhance mold growth. Your home air conditioning unit helps to control the humidity in your home during the warm months. Therefor, it is extremely important to keep constant air circulation in your home. Regular air filter changes and air duct cleanings can insure your unit will work properly all summer long.
Indoors Mold Prevention Checklist
- Indoor Humidity: Keep the indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent and use a dehumidifier to lower when necessary.
- Wall Leaks: Weather strip and caulk leaky windows.
- AC Drain Leaks: Be sure the HVAC units drain properly. Have regular inspections of AC units to insure they are running smoothly.
- Ductwork Condensation: Inspect unit’s ducts for excess moisture. Repair or replace when needed.
- Air Filters: Use a high quality air filter for AC units, and change it regularly.
- Bath Vent Fans: Install bathroom fans to ventilate after showers.
- Window Condensation: Install insulated glass or storm windows to avoid condensation.
- Vent Gas Appliances: Make sure gas and kerosene heaters and fireplaces are ventilated.
- Roof Leaks: Check attic for roof damages, and repair.
- Plumbing: Examine pipes for leaks and insulate.
Outdoors Mold Prevention Checklist
- Blocked Drainage: Keep drains and downspouts clean.
- Foundation: Channel water from downspouts away from the house to prevent leaks.
- Water under house: Check crawl space for excess moisture.
If you find yourself dealing with a mold issue, no matter how big or small, the experts at SERVPRO are trained and ready to help make the situation "Like it never even happened."