Today’s blog continues our series in understanding what mold is and how water damage can lead to the growth of mold.  We know that water is needed for the growth of mold, so I want to share with you the EPA’s Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips from their website, www.epa.gov.

  • Act quickly with water leaks or spills occur indoors.  If damp or wet areas are dried within the first 48 hours after a water leak, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation so water cannot collect or enter at the foundation
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and drain lines flowing properly
  • Keep indoor humidity low (if possible below 60 percent relative humidity)
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, act quickly to dry the wet surface.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

Ways to reduce humidity and prevent condensation include:

  • Vent appliances (such as clothes dryers and stoves) to the outside of the house when possible
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering.
  • Use exhaust fans when cooking
  • Cover cold surfaces such as cold water pipes with insulation
  • Increase ventilation or air movement