No one really enjoys repairing home damage. Your finances go through some tight times, not to mention the time it takes out of your schedule to put into cleaning and fixing the place. But, when compared with most home repairs, mold damage is one of the worst. Fixing mold damage is very expensive and can even reach well into five figures.
But, as they always say, prevention is better than cure – that is better than repairing. So, here are some preventive ways on mold damages inside the house.
- Get Rid of Clutter
Getting rid of clutter inside the house will give you double benefits. First, you will have a more organized and cleaner house. Second, you prevent mold from building up. Molds are often caused by microclimates since these can feed the growth of mold. These elements are created where there is moisture. So if you have too much furniture blocking the supply grilles as well as too much clutter blocking airflow, then expect moisture and mold in your house.
Therefore, prevent moisture build up in your house by also enhancing air circulation inside your house.
- Control Your Indoor Climate
Often molds are created during humid and hot summers. But setting the air-conditioning right will prevent these moisture problems. Most often, it is recommended to set your thermostat to 78 degrees F. Too high will not dehumidify your air and too low will only create cold surfaces for water vapor to condense.
In line with this, have your air conditioner checked. Always inspect if the drain pipe is doing its job properly. If the pipe is blocked, water will accumulate inside the unit as well as on your floor. Call a professional immediately for any problems.
- When using an air-conditioner, close your windows and door.
Open windows and doors will only invite humid air inside and let the air conditioning go out. This will enhance condensation and in turn form into molds.
- Check for standing water inside the house
Often, the humidity inside the house is not caused by air conditioning but by dampness or standing water inside. Check if your house is already residing dampness especially in freezers, refrigerators, windows and basement doors. This will only allow mold to form when condensation is easy in these places.
- Install a Dehumidifier
Installing a dehumidifier at home will eliminate extra moisture in the air. Sure, it can cost you additional expense but it will surely prevent mold from forming inside the house and save you more expenses for house repairs.