It’s spring in New Jersey, which typically means - it’s rainy, then hot!
A rainy spring can be just as much of a mold hazard as all the typical causes such as water leaks, showers and cooking. As well as adding moisture to the air in your home, a rainy spring can cause water entering the home through the foundation or roof, especially if the ground is saturated, gutters are clogged and drainage is poor.
When moisture is in the air, the temperature in your home can determine how much moisture stays in the air. The temperature in April typically bounces around, but toward the end of the month it is usually quite warm. This can affect the moisture level in your house. The lower the temperature, the less moisture is in the air.
So how do you begin to control moisture in your home? According to the EPA, the following steps can be taken to keep moisture – and subsequently mold – at bay:
Fix leaks and seepage. If water is entering the house from the outside, your options range from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing.
Place a plastic cover over dirt in crawlspaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. Be sure crawlspaces are well ventilated.
Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Make sure fans are vented to the outside, and not the attic.
Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses. Insulate storm windows and open doors between rooms to circulate warm air. Use fans and move furniture away from wall corners to increase air circulation.
Add insulation to windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors where there is potential for condensation on cold surfaces.
Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates like basements.
Be careful of carpet on concrete floors. Carpet can absorb moisture. Use area rugs which can be taken up and washed often. In some climates it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier over the concrete.
While these tips may help control moisture in your home, it may not guarantee the complete prevention of mold growth. If you do suspect mold, have your home tested, and make sure a professional takes care of remediation safely and properly.
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