Mold patches are a problem that most homeowners dread. Unfortunately, the issue is a lot more common than you might think. More often than not, people don’t know they have mold. Patches can spread out of sight, such as in the basement, in the attic, or behind furniture. However, there are alarming signs you can’t afford to miss.
Mold can affect individuals with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and allergies. Even if you can’t see it, you can typically smell its distinctive musty odor. You can also use a humidity sensor to identify the spots in y our home that have the highest humidity levels. Mold patches prefer a humid environment. So, once you’ve been able to locate the black spores on your surface, the first thing you want to do is to use mold release agents to clean the area. Mold spores need strong, targeted chemical products, as soapy water will only remove spores on the surface.
You will have to transform your home to reduce the risk of mold. Where does mold come from at home? Here, we ignore obvious causes such as a leak in the structure or excess humidity in the basement.
Your bathroom is the most moisture-creating room inside your home. Unfortunately, as you can’t stop using the bathroom, you’ll need to find clever ways to reduce the humidity buildup. Switching your ventilation system for an upgraded solution can make a great deal of difference. You can also include smart tech in the design. A smart faucet, for instance, can ensure you don’t accidentally let the water running. Paired with a smart thermometer, you don’t need to waste excess water when you’re trying to control the water temperature. Towels left to dry in the bathroom accumulate humidity and affect the room. But, a towel warmer could keep your towels dry and cozy.
Your kitchen is full of moisture
How often do you wash your kitchen exhaust filters? The filter grids accumulate grease and small particles, reducing the effectiveness of the exhaust fan. If you can’t rely on your exhaust fan, you can struggle to get rid of the humidity created while you cook. The combination of heat, boiled water, and other hot ingredients releases moisture in the air. That’s why you want to make sure your appliances can handle the situation. You might also want to check appliances fitted inside your kitchen panels, such as the dishwasher or the fridge. Old appliances could develop faults and leaks.
Maximize natural ventilation
We’ve mentioned ventilation. But, when it comes to safely removing moisture from your indoor air, the quickest approach is through natural ventilation solutions. Natural ventilation systems enable the outdoor air to circulate inside your home. Opening your windows frequently to renew the indoor air doesn’t cost anything, but can transform the moisture levels. The orientation of your windows also plays a critical role. For cross-ventilation, windows should be placed on both the north and south areas.
Reducing moisture levels inside your home begins with the combination of smart habits and functional technology. More often than not, homeowners face high renovation bills to remove mold issues that could be tamed with moisture-reducing routines.
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