If you follow our blog, you know that mold and mildew love damp places like bathrooms and laundry rooms. We’ve covered the basics of how moisture causes mold, but how can you control moisture levels in your home? Prevention is the best way to combat mold, so here are a few easy steps to tackle moisture in your home.
Tips to Control Moisture Levels in Your Home
- Dehumidifiers, fans and air conditioners are your friends – running a dehumidifier, or an air conditioner can help to suck the moisture out of the air in your home, especially during hot, humid days. Portable dehumidifiers or AC window units are perfect for damp areas in your home. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom also help disperse the moisture in these humid areas.
- Know your moisture levels – the level of moisture in your home can fluctuate throughout the day depending on the weather conditions outside. Test the levels multiple times a day and try to keep that level at or around 50%.
- Avoid carpet in specific areas – carpet in bathrooms and patios can trap moisture, making it a perfect place for mold and mildew to call home. It’s best to remove carpets and rugs in these areas.
- Find and fix leaks – anywhere where water or moisture is coming into your home can cause a problem. Seal areas around pipes, as well as drafty windows and doors.
- Minimize cold surfaces in your home – condensation will build up on cold surfaces. Double or triple pane windows or storm doors can help eliminate moisture and make your home more energy efficient.
If you see moisture accumulation anywhere in your home, dry it promptly and try to determine where it came from. Everyday activities like cooking, taking a bath or shower, wet clothes drying, or washing dishes can add moisture to the air. Though these examples can be difficult to prevent, following the steps above can help you eliminate the majority of excess moisture without much hassle.