Rain Is Here: Stop Mold In It’s Tracks
Every year, variable winter weather patterns create an unpredictable climate for the nations that surround the Pacific Ocean. Because of a weather event called El Niño, a periodic warming of the ocean, fluctuations in temperature and precipitation are common. The winter of 2015 and spring of 2016 promise to be the strongest El Niño event in 18 years in Marin County, which means warmer weather in some areas, stormier weather in others, and overall, lots and lots of rain.
Although rain might help soothe some areas stricken by drought, it also causes problems for those living indoors – namely, mold. This fungus likes to grow in damp and shady areas, which homes battered by rain or even flooding have plenty of, and can cause numerous health issues and structural problems if left unattended to. However, there are ways to prevent mold from growing in your home, even in this exceedingly rainy El Niño season:
Identify problem areas in your home.
The key to stopping mold from spreading through your home is to prevent it from growing in the first place. By identifying problem areas where mold is most likely to grow – namely, dark and damp areas such as basements, closets, and areas near windows where rain is likely to seep in – and responding immediately when mold spores are detected, you can eliminate the problem before it gets out of hand.
Dry wet areas immediately.
Water that seeps into wood, carpet or insulation is almost impossible to get rid of, so make sure to dry wet areas immediately – then, work to address the problem that is causing the dampness in the first place. For example, promptly address any leaks as soon as you notice them.
Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
Ventilating your home not only does you the service of freshening the air, but also helps decrease moisture that may build up in a closed in and stuffy environment. It is this moisture that attracts spores and supports the growth of mold.
Use mold-resistant products.
Mold-resistant insulation, paint, drywall, and numerous other products are available in the market – consider investing in these useful tools as another way to prevent a mold problem from developing in the first place.
Monitor humidity indoors.
Keep a humidity monitor to keep track of the humidity indoors – although it may seem normal to you, moisture levels may actually be above normal without you even noticing.