Whether you live in a climate that is either humid or dry, no home is immune to the accumulation of mold.  The important thing to know is what causes mold to grow and how you can stop it before it starts

Prevent Accumulating Moisture

Mold loves water, and can't grow without it. With that in mind, a good place to start is to evaluate your home for where water accumulates. Normally, this would be in the bathroom where you shower, in the kitchen where you cook, or around window sills where water can seep in from outside.  This can also happen if you have a leaky pipe, water damage to your roof, or water leaking into your basement.  Take an inventory of the moisture in your home, and where you'll need to increase your efforts to prevent mold.

Ensure Good Ventilation

A good way to prevent mold from growing is to ensure that your home has the proper ventilation.  If you don't have a ceiling fan in your bathroom, make sure to open a window after showering to let the air out.  When boiling water over a hot stove, use your stove fan or, again, open a window to dissipate the moisture in the air. This will keep the water from settling on walls as well as in unseen nooks and crannies.

Other options to help with good ventilation include dehumidifiers and floor fans.  If you have a room without a window, or especially difficult humidity issues, try one of these to reduce moisture.

Dry Things Off Quickly

When you notice a spill, or any water accumulation, it's best to clean it up right away.  The longer moisture sits, the more opportunity mold has to grow and spread.  Dry or hang up clothes after washing, dry off the shower after use, and clean up spills right away. 

If you have any flooding, such as in your basement, make sure to dry or get rid of all effected items within 24 to 48 hours.  This includes carpets, rugs, bedding, and anything else that can hold in water.

Check and Pipes and Rain Gutters

A leaky roof can often be caused by clogged rain gutters, causing water to pool on the roof.  Make sure too keep them cleared and in good repair so water doesn't have a place to accumulate.

Check pipes under sinks and in basements regularly.  Often a leak can go unnoticed for weeks or months, causing mold to spread to the surrounding areas.

If you find mold in your home, call a professional, like those at Allied 24/7 Restoration, to come remove it.

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