Many homeowners around the country are breathing a sigh of relief as the warm spring weather replaces the frigid winter air. However, new seasons also come with new problems. While spring weather is more pleasant than winter it can still cause problems for most homeowners, especially mold growth. The last bits of snow from winter and the high levels of humidity in the air are ideal conditions for mold growth. It is important to prevent mold growth to avoid health issues and property damage.
Control Moisture to Avoid Mold Growth
Mold can grow anywhere when the conditions are right, and moisture is one of the factors that create the right condition for mold. This means that controlling the moisture levels in your home is important to control mold growth, especially during spring when the moisture levels are higher. Heightened moisture levels can cause mold spores to latch onto surfaces such as drywall or wood and start growing.
Finding Mold Growth
Although the sight of mold is an obvious sign of mold growth, mold is not always visible. Mold can grow behind molding, within walls, and in hidden corners of your home, which makes it difficult to find. People often first detect mold by smelling it. Mold produces a musty odor so if you have a strong musty smell in your home, then there is a good chance that it is being caused by hidden mold. You can also find mold by checking areas that are prone to water damage. The bathroom, kitchen, and areas around windows and doors are susceptible to water damage.
How to Prevent Mold Growth This Spring
1. HVAC Maintenance
The first step you should take to prevent mold growth in your home is to schedule HVAC maintenance from an HVAC technician. The technician will clean the entire system and ensure that there are no damages that can contribute to mold growth.
2. Set Humidity Levels on Your Thermostat
High levels of humidity in your home increase the chances mold may become a problem. You can use the humidity controls on your thermostat to control humidity in your home. The ideal humidity level in your home should be 50 percent.
3. Use a Dehumidifier
You can alter the levels of humidity in your home by using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can be helpful especially when you notice mold or mildew concentrated in a specific location. Prevent mold growth with a dehumidifier and reduce allergy symptoms and respiratory health issues this spring.