Particularly during hot and humid times of year, like summertime, mold is your home’s biggest enemy. Between mold symptoms and destruction of property, this tiny intruder punches well above its weight in terms of damage. Fortunately, if you take some simple steps, such as properly monitoring and maintaining indoor humidity levels and temperature, you can keep mold and mildew at bay.
Following is an overview of actions you can take to maintain comfortable and healthy indoor conditions, as well as our recommended solution for easy home environment monitoring to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Monitor and maintain ideal humidity levels: The EPA recommends indoor humidity stays between 30% and 60%.
Take steps to minimize potential for seepage, leaks and flooding: These can include simple solutions like keeping gutters clean and maintained, and more extensive actions like ensuring the grade of your yard sufficiently directs water away from your home’s foundation.
Inspect your home to identify potential problem areas: These can include your basement, a leaky roof, an old water heater, and windows that frequently see condensation. If you find problem areas, take corrective action.
Wipe up wet areas quickly: Spills, leaks, flooding, basement seepage and other similar situations can lead to mold if you don’t deal with them immediately. Mold typically requires 24-48 hours in a moist environment to grow. So the moment you find moisture, start cleaning it up.
Keep your house clean: Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, mopping floors, and dusting can help minimize the number of mold spores in your home.
Ventilate areas where high-humidity environments occur: Daily activities like laundry, showers, and cooking can all lead to mold. Keep air moving by opening bathroom doors, opening windows if possible, running exhaust fans, etc.
Don’t leave wet clothes laying around: Put your clothes in the dryer as soon as possible after washing them. Same holds true if you’re caught in a rain storm.
Mold Symptoms: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.”Needless to say, mold is not something you want to be breathing in for extended periods and on a daily basis.
Property damage: Since mold decomposes matter, it can rot wood and drywall, ruin carpets and ceiling tiles. It can destroy pretty much anything that offers enough moisture for mold to grow on. Once mold takes hold, you can expect hefty repair bills. Fortunately, mold is easy to prevent when proper steps are taken.
Odor: If you’ve ever been in a home that smells musty, that’s mold. Not only is this unpleasant for you and your guests, it can negatively impact your home’s resale value. Some realtors won’t even show a home if they smell mold when they first walk in.
Unattractive appearance: Mold seen on ceilings, walls, and window sills just plain looks bad.
AcuRite’s recommended home environment monitoring solutions for mold prevention:
Measures ambient air temperature and humidity, as well as leak detection where the water detector is positioned (optional), and displays data on a built-in display. The Room Monitor will sound an alarm if water is detected. The leak detector is attached to a 5 foot cord to help access hard-to-reach places. To monitor a wide area for leaks, multiple leak detectors can be connected together. The Monitor can be paired with a Home Environment Display to view data and set alarms for multiple Monitors.Shop Now
Displays synchronize with up to three sensors, so you can observe multiple indoor and/or outdoor areas within 330 feet. Set an audible alarm on the display to alert you when conditions exceed your desired range.Shop Now
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