Keep Mold From Becoming an Unwelcome Houseguest | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
In any home, moisture and dampness are problems that will eventually present themselves. Moisture from faucets, pipes or steam will encourage mold spores to move in, and once they’ve made themselves at home, they’re quite difficult to evict! Thankfully, you can prevent mold from becoming your new roommate through a bit of room-by-room prevention.
We understand mold remediation, so we’re familiar with the many surprising places it can take hold. No one wants a mold infestation, so we’re going through room by room to help you know how to keep the home clear.
A typical laundry room isn’t the site of standing moisture, but pipes and laundry machines can mask mold growth easily. To stop the growth before it starts:
- Check the pipes, joists and connectors for leaks.
- Never allow clothes to sit in the washing machine after a cycle.
- Let the washer and dryer air out after use.
- Check the dryer vents for excessive lint—it can encourage mold to spawn.
There are a lot of water sources in the bathroom, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of mold’s ideal residences. Thankfully, preventing mold in the bathroom just takes a few tasks:
- Annually seal tile grout to prevent moisture from getting between cracks.
- Replace curtain liners and launder shower curtains.
- Open a window or install a vent fan to clear out steam quickly.
- Keep a squeegee handy to remove excess moisture after showers and baths.
When people think basements, mold comes to mind. While they’re notorious for moisture accumulation, basements also have the most hands-off mold prevention strategies. Here’s how to keep your underground mold-free:
- Invest in an automatic dehumidifier, so moisture levels stay low to begin with.
- Clear out any clutter mold could hide behind.
- Insulate piping to guard against bursting and leaks.
- Regularly inspect foundation and walls for excess water.
If you need help with mold prevention or remediation, our team of experts at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County will be happy to help!