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Four Things To Check If You Want To Avoid Future Mold Problems

If you've been finding mold or mildew in your home despite using a dehumidifier and other remedies to control the growth, it's time to look at more specific causes than just high humidity. It's easy for mold and mildew to grow, and sometimes you can have a localized problem (or multiple localized problems) due to something that seems innocent enough. Here are four things to check if you're having mold or mildew issues that won't seem to stop.

House Plants

Fungi can form in the soil of house plants. If the soil is kept too moist, that can add humidity to the air and let the mold or mildew spread to nearby parts of the house. Check any house plants to ensure that they aren't being overwatered and that they have adequate drainage. If you find one that isn't draining well, see if you can repot it into a container with new soil (you may want to do this outside and with a mask on to avoid kicking up fungi inside the house). If the plant seems too far gone -- maybe there's a little mildew on the plant, too -- it may be best to throw out the plant.

Excessive Steam From Appliances

Do you use a vent hood or open a window when you use certain appliances that can emit large amounts of steam? Rice cookers and electric kettles are examples of small appliances that can emit a stream of concentrated steam, and that steam can contribute to mold and mildew problems. If the mold problem is in your kitchen and seems to be in one particular area, note which appliances you tend to use there. You may have to put up a note that reminds you to turn on the vent fan or open a window the next time you use the appliance.

Misdirected Sprinklers

Sprinklers that spray in the wrong direction do more than just waste water. They also soak the walls of your house. While your house should be in good enough shape to take the occasional dousing from rain, having sprinklers constantly shuttling water into a wall can take a toll on the wall.

No Circulation by Windows

Sometimes windows are left unused -- blinds and curtains stay down and the window is never opened. The problem with that is it creates a nice little pocket of humidity and condensation that's protected from the effects of a dehumidifier by the curtain, and mold and mildew can form on the window glass and sill. Make it a point to regularly open curtains and aim fans at windows (after any mildew has been cleaned off). Opening the windows is also a good idea if the lock is accessible and not blocked by furniture.

If you have other questions about preventing mold and mildew, talk to a remediation company, such as Atlantic Heating and Cooling to have your home's HVAC system evaluated.