Staying mold-free during the dog days of summer
Dangerous to your health and destructive to your belongings, mold spores are always in the air and summer can provide them with the right conditions to grow, especially if you do not have an air conditioner in your building. When it comes to this destructive fungal force, prevention is as important as its treatment, if not more.
- If you do not have an air conditioner in your home, regularly clean areas that experience humidity or condensation with a cleanser that contains bleach. Such areas include toilets and the floor around them, under sinks, around exposed pipes and windowsills.
- Always use the exhaust fans as you bathe or cook.
- Dry wet documents as soon as they experience water damage.
- Use a fan to circulate the air in the room so hot air does not stay trapped by your ceiling.
- If an area of your building gets wet, use fans and dehumidifiers to dry it out immediately. If you experience severe water damage, call a restoration specialist.
- Keep everything dry. Because mold thrives in moist conditions, eliminating them can keep mold at bay.
Damaged roofs and leaky pipes can also lead to mold damage, so if it becomes a recurring problem, have your home inspected by a professional.