6 Ways To Prevent Mold Growth

The most reason for mold growth is moisture, we should fix the water problem.

Although you may have just finished cleaning the mold infected area, your home is still at risk for mold and mildew growth. If you just clean up the mold but don’t fix the water problem, the mold problem will most likely come back. Taking preventative measures now will help to prevent future infestations. The most effective way to prevent mold growth is to monitor the humidity level in the home. It should be no higher than 50% throughout the day.

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You can keep your home drier with the following tips: 

- Vent bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside

- Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers

- Increase ventilation

- Use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning

- Open the window when bathing if you don’t have the exhaust fan


Apart from monitoring the humidity level in the home, here are some other ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives in it.

1. Identify problem areas in your home and fix them.

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Find out the mold problems in your home. Does the basement flood? Is there a frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? You should fix the source of the water problem or leak as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

2. Dry wet areas immediately.

Mold starts growing on wet surfaces within 24 to 48 hours and thus seepage into the basement after heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe should be dried within 2 days. Also, wiping down the wall after bathing is important as moisture from a shower or bath that sits on the walls of the shower or tub can lead to mold growth. The best way to prevent this from happening is to use a PVA Sponge, which is super absorbent, to clear the water spills around the sink and wipe down the wall tiles after every cleaning and shower. It holds 5 times its weight in liquid, water spills around the sink can be held up completely and drip-free. The water spills can be wrung out easily, the sponge is soft when wet, rigid when dry, preventing mold growth on it.

3. Dry damp clothes ASAP.

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Do not leave wet clothes to sit in the washing machine, as mold will start to grow on the clothes. Remove the clothes from the machine and transfer them to the drier or the line as soon as the washing cycle is completed. Remember to hang the clothes outside but not inside since any water that evaporates from clothes will hang in the air in your home, and this can lead to mold growth on walls.

4. Keep mold off household plants.

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Mold loves growing in the plants as the moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground of mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your beautiful plants, try adding a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you give to your houseplants. The oil of this tree, which withstands fungi even in the rain forests, helps hinder mold growth in plant soil and can be found at natural food stores.

5. Fix leaks.

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Leaks are the main cause of moisture problems in a house, which can come from pipes, appliances, the roof, and faucets and taps. Inspect your home regularly for leaks and signs of water damage, and repair immediately. Don’t forget to check for leaks under sinks, around fridges, air conditioners, water coolers, toilets, tubs, and showers.

6. Let the sun in.

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Allowing natural light into your house can prevent mold from growing because mold grows best in the dark areas. During the day, open all your curtains to allow natural light in. The heat from the sun will also help to dry up any moisture in the house. 

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