How to control Mold and Mildew in and around your home
- Keep the humidity below 50% throughout your house by using humidity gauge and humidifier.
- Use high efficiency filters on central heat and air units.
- Allow proper ventilation, especially if you have a crawl space under your house.
- Limit the number of house plants.
- Do not store firewood inside your home.
- Do not place furniture over supply registers in any room.
- Avoid live Christmas trees.
- Use closet dehumidifiers to control mold on shoes and clothes.
- Stay away from down and foam rubber pillows and mattresses – they generate or trap dust.
- Use an exhaust fan to remove humidity after showering.
- Do not place carpeting in bathroom area – it stays wet longer.
- Make sure the clothes dryer is vented properly.
- Use an exhaust fan while cooking.
- Remove spoiling foods.
- Check the drip pan under your refrigerator.
- Use vinyl flooring in basement area instead of carpeting.
Use 6-ply (not 4-ply) black polypropylene vapor barrier under your house to cover the crawl space and prevent moisture from rising into the subfloor. If the moisture problem persists after taking this step, you may also want to place an electric fan in the crawl space to help increase air circulation.
If you suffer from mold allergies, do not place your bedroom on the basement level or below grade.
Avoid raking leaves. Trim trees to allow sunlight into your home.
Check your central heating and air units for proper drainage. If water is standing around your system, make corrections to allow the water to drain properly.
Have your air conditioning serviced at least once a year to check for mold growth due to condensation around the coils. The industry recommends spring and fall.
When your doctor advises you to avoid mold, see us. We have a special preposition for you!