Control Moisture To Control Mold

You must act quickly to prevent mold from infecting your home and causing problems for people who have respiratory problems such as asthma and allergic reactions. If water intrudes your home, clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings as soon as possible to prevent mold from growing.

You will need to fix the leak quickly, and you may have to discard absorbent material such as tiles if they get moldy. Otherwise the problem will fester. Use water and detergent to clean mold from hard surfaces, and use towels, fans and air conditioning to completely dry the areas.

Preventive steps you can take to reduce mold by reducing indoor humidity:

  • Make sure bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources are vented outdoors.
  • Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture, and open windows and doors when practical to increase ventilation.
  • Remember to turn on exhaust fans when cooking, washing dishes or cleaning.

These steps combined can reduce the humidity by 30 to 60 percent, significantly reducing the chances of mold in your home.

You can’t eliminate all molds — they can grow virtually anywhere, including carpet, paper, wood, shower walls, windowsills and food –- but you should work hard to reduce as much as possible because they are very unhealthy for many people.

Is HVAC to blame?

Don’t run your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system if you think it is contaminated with mold. A contaminated system will only spread more molds through the home. It’s better to either contact a qualified HVAC contractor or refer to Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? This is a very informative publication from the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency.

At standardhvac.com we’re glad to answer your questions about mold and how to treat it and improve the air inside your home.