Summer means sunny skies and great weather, but it can also spell disaster for your home. With the heat of Summer comes humidity. Humidity can cause problems inside your home. Mold grows faster during the warmer months because of the humidity. As the air becomes more humid, it causes condensation to build up in different areas of your home. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common areas that have problems with humidity, but basements and attics have been known to have problems with humidity.
How can I Prevent Mold Growth This Summer?
The best way to prevent mold growth is first to ensure you have no leaks or water damages. Water damages and leaks are the primary catalysts in mold growth. If you have had recent storm damages or any leaks, it is crucial that all the water was removed and that the damages were repaired. Once that has been completed, you will need to keep an eye on those areas for any mold or mildew growth. If you begin to notice stains or a musty smell, call a hazardous materials removal company.
If you do not have any water damages, it is essential to ensure your home has the proper ventilation. Areas that become more humid need to have ventilation to make sure no condensation leads to mold growth. After a hot shower, leave the door open to your bathroom or turn the overhead fan on. If you are cooking, use the fan on the oven and open a window.
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are also an option if you still have humidity issues in the home. Hiring a professional to check the humidity levels inside your home can give you a better idea of what type of system you need. These systems can drastically help with the quality of air in the home and prevent mold growth.