10 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

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10 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

Here are 10 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home:
  1. Keep everything clean and dry.
  2. Fix water leaks from appliances, pipes or the roof as soon as possible.
  3. Make sure you keep good ventilation. Use exhaust fans or open a window in the bathroom and kitchen when showering, cooking or washing dishes. Leave a fan on for at least 30 minutes after showering to remove all moisture.
  4.  Maintain low indoor humidity, ideally between 30-45% relative humidity. Humidity levels can be measured by hydrometers, which are available at local hardware stores.
  5. Dry damp or wet things completely within 1-2 days to keep mold from growing.
  6. Eliminate clutter. Clutter blocks airflow and prevents air from circulating. Furniture and draperies that block supply grills cause condensation.
  7. Make sure to close windows and doors when AC is onWhen you open windows and doors and invite humid air into your cooler home causing condensation.
  8. Cover dirt floor crawl spaces with a plastic vapor barrier - 6 mil. (Fire retardant) polyethylene - that traps moisture in the ground.
  9. Clean up any standing water immediately. Look for water around the air conditioner, hot water heater, sump pumps, freezers, refrigerators, windows, basements and crawl spaces.
  10. Act quickly if you see condensation on windows, pipes, or walls. Dry out the area and determine if the source of the condensation is from a leak, high humidity or poor insulation. 
Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com

5 Signs Your Humidity Levels Are Too High, And How to Fix It

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5 Signs Your Humidity Levels Are Too High, And How to Fix It

At Comprehensive Mold Management, we regularly get asked by customers how they can figure out if their humidity levels are too high in their homes.  High moisture levels tend to pose a problem when a warm, heated space, meets a colder area (for example, a poorly ventilated and insulated attic).


Signs Your Humidity Levels Are Too High:

  1.  Window and patio door condensation. Moisture on the interior of your glass doors and windows is one the best ways to know your humidity levels are too high. For more information, check out this article: Window Condensation: Causes and Remedies
  2. Peeling paint, rotting wood, or delaminating plywood. Consistently high moisture levels in your home will eventually lead to peeling paint, rotting wood, and/or delaminating plywood. The built up moisture usually leads to mold growth and the deterioration of paint, wood and plywood.
  3. Mold growth on personal items. When personal items such as furniture, clothing, and blankets start to show signs of mold growth and have a musty smell, it’s usually due to high moisture levels over a long period of time.
  4. Mold spots on the ceiling, skylights, or on corners of the walls. Due to elevated moisture problems, mold spots are often found on the ceiling, skylights, or corners of the walls. This can be caused by water vapor from showers, cooking, or clothes dryers not venting properly. If you live in a newer house, this tends to be more of a problem. Newer houses are built less drafty and heavily insulated, so built up moisture doesn’t have the chance to escape.
  5. Musty smells throughout the home. Musty smells are a sure sign of high moisture, or previous moisture damage in the home.



How to Fix It:

  • Open a window daily to air out your home
  • Keep exhaust fans on for a longer period of time (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room)
  • Open your drapes and blinds daily so air can move more easily against windows
  • Install a dehumidifier with the proper specifications for your home (we recommend the Santa Fe line of dehumidifiers. For more information, check out our Dehumidifier Blog.)

If you spot mold in your home from high moisture levels, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Doing so can cause mold spores to spread throughout the home if done incorrectly. High moisture levels are easy to avoid, whether you have a newer, tightly-built home, or an old, drafty home. As always, if you're not sure about your humidity levels, call an expert to analyze the situation.

Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com

Dehumidifiers & Mold

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Dehumidifiers & Mold

A dehumidifier is an electrical appliance that removes excess moisture from the air and aids in resolving moisture problems in homes that have mold issues. Moisture is one of the key ingredients in the recipe for mold growth. A dehumidifier pulls out the moisture creating a more controlled environment that is fit for living. When there is too much moisture in the air it can also cause damage to furniture, carpets, clothing as well as several other items in your household. The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaining relative humidity levels between 30-50%. If you currently have a mold problem a dehumidifier will not remove the mold from your home. However, once the mold is properly removed by a professional the dehumidifier will aid in preventing it from returning.

Comprehensive Mold Management Dehumidifier

At Comprehensive Mold Management, we recommend the Santa Fe Classic dehumidifier to our customers. The Santa Fe Classic is a high capacity dehumidifier and exceeds Energy Star efficiency requirements and has superior levels of air filtration that keeps it working at peak efficiency longer than any other conventional dehumidifiers.

When investing in the purchase of a Santa Fe Classic it will not only pay you back in energy savings, but also creates a more comfortable and healthier living environment for you and your family. Call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 to inquire about your Santa Fe Classic today!

Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com