20 Quick Tips to Help Prevent Mold
Mold is a common problem in homes and many people don't know that mold damage coverage is not part of a standard homeowner's insurance policy. Routine cleaning and maintenance can prevent mold. If you follow these quick and easy tips, you can prevent mold from occurring in the first place, instead of trying to remove it.
Plan to Prevent Mold
- Before painting, add mold inhibitors to your paint.
- When cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, two areas with a lot of moisture, use mold-killing cleaning products.
- Do not put carpets in areas that have a lot of moisture, such as basements.
- The ground around your home should slope away from the foundation to prevent water from entering your home or collecting around it.
Maintain Your Home Properly
- Check under indoor plants to make sure water is not accumulating.
- Make sure your roof and roof gutters and cleaned frequently and repaired immediately.
- Make sure the drip pan below your air conditioning unit is clean and all of your drain lines are flowing properly.
Clean up after Spills, Leaks, and Floods
- Whenever there is a spill or leak, clean it up immediately.
- If your basement, or any other part of your home, floods, thoroughly clean and dry everything and check for mold growth.
- Remove or replace wet carpets that cannot dry properly.
Remove Excess Humidity and Condensation
- Keep the humidity in your home between 40 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity in your home with a fairly inexpensive humidity meter from your local hardware store.
- Cold surfaces, such as water pipes, can create condensation and mold. Cover these surfaces with insulation.
- Using air conditioners, de-humidifiers, and fans can help to remove excess moisture and condensation.
Increase Ventilation and Air Flow
- Opening doors and windows whenever practical increases ventilation and moves air around.
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as dryers or stoves, outdoors.
- When you shower, cook, or run the dishwasher or clothes dryer, use an exhaust fan or open a window to let excess moisture escape.
Remove Mold Immediately
- Remove mold with soap and water or a bleach solution.
- Never mix any cleaners or ammonia with bleach. This combination could produce toxic fumes.
- When cleaning with bleach, open windows and doors to increase air movement and get rid of fumes.
- You should always wear gloves and protective eyewear when removing mold.
Remember that condensation can be a sign of excess humidity, which can cause mold to grow. Always remove mold immediately, regardless of what type of mold it is. To learn more about mold prevention and removal, consult the Environmental Protection Agency's guide.
This information is provided for your convenience; it is not intended as insurance advice. The views, opinions, and advice expressed in this article are solely those of the author and not those of Homesite Group Incorporated. Please consult your insurance carrier or agent for information regarding your policy or coverages.