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Mold is often referred to as the silent contaminant. Many forms of mold are dangerous to human health, and they can cause or worsen allergies, nasal congestion and nose, throat and eye irritation. Undetected mold growth wreaks havoc on the structures of homes and businesses. A home or building with extensive mold growth will need significant repairs, and the structure may lose much of its value. Use these tips to prevent mold growth in your Tampa, FL, home.

Monitor the Humidity Level

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the best way to control mold growth is to control your home’s moisture level. Indoor moisture is also called humidity. You can use a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels. If your home’s humidity level is more than 60%, consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier.

Use Exhaust Fans

When cooking, cleaning or showering, use exhaust fans. Kitchen, bathroom and laundry room exhaust fans dissipate humidity. Run the exhaust fan while showering, cooking or cleaning, and keep the fan on for another 10 minutes after you finish any of these activities.

Your HVAC System Reduces Humidity

Using your air conditioner helps remove humidity. When the warm air in your home passes over the cold evaporator coil, moisture condenses out of it. The air handler’s condensate drain collects the water and empties it into your home’s condensate line. During the most humid months of the year, set up a dehumidifier, if your HVAC system can’t keep humidity under 60%.

Check for Leaks That Cause Mold

Regularly check your roof for leaks. Once a month, check your crawl space, plumbing fixtures and appliances for water leaks. These leaks contribute to moisture buildup in your home, and they can also lead to considerable structural damage. Leaks fuel the growth of mold in your home.

For more information about protecting your Tampa home from mold, take a look at ServiceMaster 24 Hour’s mold remediation services, or reach out to us today.

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