Mold is one of the most problematic issues in the home. It is unsightly and can even be hazardous to your health. Unfortunately, you could be causing mold at home without even realizing it. Here are some common mistakes that encourage mold to grow around the house.

Damp Air Causing Mold at Home

Mold spores need moisture to grow, so damp indoor air could be causing mold at home. Make sure your crawlspace is well-ventilated, with an adequate moisture barrier between the dirt and the floor. If your home has a basement, run a dehumidifier in it. Other moisture-prone areas, like the bathroom, will benefit from a dehumidifier. Showering and cooking without the exhaust fan on is another mistake that raises the humidity inside and causes mold.

Water Leaking Into the House

Despite your efforts for lowering humidity levels, you may still have a mold problem. Water may be getting into your house undetected, which supports mold growth. Leaking roofs, cracked foundations, and gaps around windows and doors can allow water into your home. The solution is simple if you can find all the problem areas. Repair your roof, caulk around windows and doors, and seal up any foundation cracks.

Spills on the Floor

Water splashed out of the shower, spilled in the kitchen, or dripping from wet laundry will eventually disappear on its own. This doesn’t mean that it is gone. All of that moisture seeps into surfaces and evaporates into the air, leading to mold. Wipe up spills with a towel that you promptly launder or let dry outside. If the spill is on the carpet, blot the carpet firmly and wipe underneath of it.

Your Cleanup Method Could Be Causing Mold at Home

Wiping away mold without thoroughly cleaning the site is one way you could be causing mold at home to return. Remove visible mold and use a cleaning agent like bleach to kill the remaining spores. If the mold spores are not completely eliminated, it will continue to grow back in that area. A professional mold mitigator should be hired to deal with severe mold infestations.

Reduce moisture year-round throughout the house to prevent mold. Use a thorough cleanup process to remove mold that does grow. These strategies will prevent and eliminate mold in your home, making your living space cleaner and healthier.

Red Leaf Home Inspections uses a moisture meter and infrared camera to discover moisture and mold problems in home inspections. Contact us to schedule an appointment in North Vancouver Island.