Spring is a great time if you are a mold spore. In the spring, the humidity tends to be high and the conditions are just right for mold spores that have been sitting dormant for months to sprout open and start growing. Here are four ways you can fight back against mold growth in your home this spring.
#1 Clean Your Gutters
If you leave your gutters full of old soggy leaves and other material, the conditions are going to be just right for mold to start growing in your gutters as the water just sits on your roof. The mold can then easily creep onto your roof and into your home.
You can fight back against this by simply cleaning out your gutters every spring or hiring a roofing contractor to remove all the junk from your gutters every spring. You need your gutters working and water flowing in them to ensure that they don't lead to mold growth on the outside of your home that creeps inside.
#2 Control The Humidity In Your Home
Mold grows the best when it is in a humid environment. In the winter, humidity levels are generally naturally low, which can help curb mold growth during the winter. With the return of spring, humidity levels can fluctuate a lot, but they can get really high, which can allow mold spores that were dormant in your home to start growing. You can keep the humidity levels inside of your home lower by running a dehumidifier and keeping your home at a lower but comfortable humidity level.
#3 Wipe Away Condensation
If you see condensation forming on your windows, don't just leave it there to evaporate naturally. Instead, wipe it up and away. Condensation on your windows and walls can quickly lead to mold growth. If condensation is a constant problem with your windows, you may want to look into upgrading to more energy efficient windows that will not generate so much condensation.
#4 Attend To Your Air Conditioner Drip Pan
If you have a drip pan under your air conditioner, don't just let the water sit there until it naturally evaporates. Make sure that you regularly check the drip pan and empty it out. If you just let the water sit there, mold could develop in and around your drip pan, get into your air, and even contaminate the air that you breathe.
Take the four steps above to limit and prohibit the growth of mold in and around your home. Whenever you see a source of water or moisture in or around your home, address it to keep mold at bay. If spring rains cause flood problems in your home, make sure to work with a water damage repair company to get everything cleaned quickly.