3 important tips for preventing mold growth in your home
Our Austin allergists know how important it is to keep your home environment healthy and reduce mold growth. Mold allergies can cause mild to severe symptoms, including everything from wheezing, sneezing and irritated eyes and throat to headaches, rashes and fatigue. Our Austin allergists want to provide patients with tips to help themselves and their families.
1. Prevent moisture build-up.
Mold requires a source of moisture to grow and reproduce, so preventing moisture build-up is a critical step in prevention.
- Regularly inspect potential sources for water leaks in your home, including: hot water heaters; appliance hoses, piping, windows and doors; and toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs. Also check your attic, ceilings and roof.
- Inspect your sump pump regularly. Install a back-up system that operates the pump during power outages.
2. Provide the best possible indoor air quality.
Prevent against airborne mold spores by protecting your indoor air quality.
- Keep doors and windows closed, particularly at night, to help keep outdoor mold spores out.
- If possible, use a central air-conditioning system and install a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter attachment that can catch and trap outdoor mold spores.
- Regularly change air conditioner and furnace air filters.
- The humidity level in your home should be below 50%. A central dehumidifier unit or portable unit can help maintain proper levels.
3. Pay special attention to mold growth in bathrooms and kitchens.
Bathrooms and kitchens are breeding grounds for mold spores since there are several sources where moisture can accumulate.
- Be certain to ventilate bathrooms and kitchens. Preferably, you should have and use an exhaust fan after baths and showers. If you don’t have one, open a window or door.
- Do not use carpeting in kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms.
- Clean frequently with cleansers that kill mold.
- Do not let piles of paper or paper products build up.
Mold prevention is possible, but it requires regular inspection and vigilance. Your efforts lead to a home that’s healthy and as free of mold as possible. Contact our Austin allergists for an appointment to learn more about mold allergies.