Got Milk or Got Mold?

Man with WrenchGot Milk or Got Mold? How to control it. I would prefer Milk and Cookies to Mold.

I think you will find this weeks Blog informative and helpful to be able to pick a couple hints to help prevent Mold growth in your home.

The dog days of summer are in full swing, and with the heat, comes humidity, lots of humidity, and you know what that can cause? You guessed it….the dreaded MOLD!

We Floridians are quite familiar with the effects of mold on our homes, but did you know that there are simple things that you can do to prevent mold growth in your home? Here are a few tricks:

Houseplants, while they freshen air in our homes, can also harbor mold in their soil, and even in their leaves. An easy solution to this problem is to add a bit of Taheboo Tea (available at Amazon and other retailers online), to the plant’s water. It retards the growth of mold in plant soil while still giving you the clean air benefits of having potted plants in your home.

Dry towels and clothing immediately and completely after use. Mold can start to grow on damp garments in as little as two days. Always use ventilated hampers for your laundry, and wash clothes in hot water with color safe bleach. If you can dry clothes on a line out in the sun, do so. The sun has natural bleaching effects.

Use your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans diligently. Most of us turn on our bathroom exhaust fans when we shower or bathe, but we need to remember to leave them on for 10-15 minutes after you leave the bathroom, with bathroom door fully open. Kitchen exhaust fans are the same, leave them on for 10-15 minutes after you finish cooking (longer if you must also clear out cooking odors).

Use mold resistant paint wherever you have areas of moisture in your home. Zinsser’s Perma-White is a great option, and carries a five-year guarantee. It is available online or at Lowes. You also have the option of using mildew resistant additives to your existing paint, however they are not as strong as the ready-made mildewcide options.

Use your air conditioner properly. Match the AC capacity with your house or room size. Air conditioning units are commonly oversized for the area they are to cool. A larger air conditioner cools an area too quickly and then shuts off. With a smaller unit, the AC stays on longer, leaving it more time to remove humidity. Don’t set the temperature of your AC too low either. The decreased temperature in the room cools the materials in your walls, floors and ceilings thereby significantly increasing the potential for moisture condensation on these items, creating more mold. Always use the “auto” mode on your AC and not the “on” mode. When set in the “on” mode, the blower runs continuously and moisture that is condensed on the evaporator coil is re-evaporated and blown back into the house before it can run off the coil and out of the home.

Mold is basically everywhere so negating the availability of mold spores is virtually impossible, but taking the above steps can greatly reduce the mold growth in your home. Stay diligent, a little prevention now can save you a great deal of money on costly repairs, and worse, full remediation later.

 

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