Because of high humidity, many Florida homes are at risk for mold, so it’s important for every homeowner to routinely check to see if it’s a problem. Not every home will have mold problems, and if yours is clean, then prevention becomes key to the safety of your family. If you aren’t sure where to start, here’s a few tips to check for mold, as well as prevent and eradicate it.
Using Your Senses to Check For Mold
Mold typically grows on surfaces and needs moisture, warm temperatures, and an organic food source to thrive. In your home, the primary areas for this are the kitchen, bathroom, and basement. Also, remember that drywall is a food source for mold. Use your sense of sight and smell to find mold, as it’s easily visible and often puts off a pungent aroma.
Hiring a Professional to Check For Mold
If you fear that mold’s gotten out of hand or gone airborne, hire a professional to do a duct cleaning and an indoor air quality test. Hiring a professional isn’t an entirely drastic measure, as many people who have allergies, small children, or asthma do this as part of an annual maintenance check. It might cost a little more, but it’s worth the peace of mind.
Preventing Mold Through Cleanliness
Preventing mold is far easier than getting rid of it after it’s present in your home’s HVAC system. Always make sure to keep damp areas as dry as possible. Make sure that moisture-heavy areas like shower areas and the kitchen are well ventilated.
Preventing Mold With Technology
If you’re overly concerned, you might also want to consider an air purifier and dehumidifier. The air purifier traps a majority of contaminants on their way through the HVAC. The dehumidifier keeps the humidity level controlled and prevents mold from growing.
Mold isn’t something to take lightly. If it becomes problematic, it can wreak havoc on your home and your family. That’s why you should call the professionals at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. to do your HVAC and duct work, as they have years of experience. Contact them today at 866-881-5935.
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