As Arizona’s temperatures rise, don’t let mold spores rise too. Most mold types thrive in warm weather, so now’s the time to practice prevention before mold becomes problematic.
The hot heat stemming from humidity causes condensation on windows and bathroom shower/tub walls. Conversely, keeping every component of the home cool and dry is nearly impossible. The correct balance is keeping a high temperature in the home without the humidity attached. To do this, set the air conditioner to 70 degrees in automatic mode. Afterward, turn on the humidifier to keep humid heat 50% or below.
Clean, dust, deodorize, and disinfect the home every day or twice a week. Focus on the areas with condensation, highly used rooms, dark areas with no sunlight, and/or near water pipes where mold thrives. Examples include toilets, windows, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, closets, cabinets, drawers, sinks, showerheads, and air conditioner vents. Next, dust and vacuum carpets, furniture, draperies, and rugs. Finally, throw away mold-infested belongings. Increase routine checking after natural disasters such as flooding, snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, and violent thunderstorms to clean and dry water spills and condensation.
Dry wet spots with a fan, ceiling fan, air conditioner, door, or window. The air conditioner, fan, and ceiling fan circulate odorous and stagnant air while drying spills and wet areas. The door and window welcome fresh air into the home while removing odorous and stagnant air. Warm, unmoving air is a breeding ground for mold. Exhaust fans, open vents, and dehumidifiers also count toward ventilation and air circulation. Rooms desperately needing ventilation are the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. In addition, dry wet clothing, shoes, and items outdoors. Store items and attire after all damp spots are dry and not before.
Water can enter the home through the outside, so start by covering exposed outdoor pipes. Ensure the pipes are fully dry before covering. Next, examine the property for foundation cracks, water/plumbing leaks, and holes/cracks. Inspect the roof for damages. Fix property and roof problems immediately. Then, clean gutters regularly. After, place a plastic covering over the crawlspace floor. Last, seal doors and windows to prevent water from seeping in during rain showers.
These tips are a DIY approach to mold prevention, but if things turn complicated, contact our professionals to remedy the situation. No one in Arizona should live with mold, so let our staff eradicate mold growth in your home permanently.