6 mold prevention tips

Mold can grow in a multitude of places in the home and during a range of weather conditions year-round. 

Some of the most common indoor molds include:

  • Alternaria
  • Apergillus
  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium

Exposure to mold can cause both long- and short-term issues that can create an unsafe living environment and adversely affect health.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, common reactions to mold can include: nasal stuffiness, eye irritation and skin irritation. In addition mold has been proven to irritate already present symptoms of asthma, colds and other heath conditions.

Prevent illnesses and injuries caused by mold with the following six tips.

  1. Check humidity levels in your home. Use an air conditioner or humidifier to keep levels below 50 percent throughout the day.
  2. Clean up liquid spills and leaks as soon as they occur. Leaving water or other liquids lying around can create a host of problems including mold, infestation and permanent home damage.
  3. Clean and repair your roof, gutters and other outside home fixtures regularly to prevent water damage.
  4. Ensure your home is ventilated for proper air circulation. Stagnant air can increase the effects of mold.
  5. Make sure the ground surrounding your home slopes away from foundation and other outside areas. Water that enters the foundation or sits nearby can affect stability and create a breeding ground for mold. 
  6. Remove and replace carpets, upholstery or any other home furnishings affected by water damage. These can harbor mold out of sight in areas underneath the rug or beneath cushions.

Alban home inspectors are trained in mold testing and inspection areas. We offer a three-step approach to removing and preventing future mold issues. If you have a mold problem in your home, or suspect you do, visit our website for more information or call 301-662-6565.