5 Tips for Preventing Mold in Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

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No MoldIn Ft. Lauderdale mold removal, or better yet, mold prevention is a very hot topic for homeowners and businesses alike. Mold can cause a wide range of health issues and it can also do serious damage to a structure. Mold spores are everywhere but in order for mold to flourish it needs moisture, nutrients and heat. Florida has more than its fair share of moisture and heat.

To help you minimize the formation of mold in your living space, here's a list of 5 common sense preventative steps you can take.

  1. Control interior humidity. Keep the humidity inside the house below 60% (ideally between 30% and 50%). Moisture can enter the house through open windows, cracks in foundation, plumbing leaks, overflowing AC drain pans, showers and the list goes on. Clean up any standing water and keep the home well ventilated to minimize moisture.
  2. Keep the heat down. Mold thrives between 77oF and 86oF. Our Ft. Lauderdale summers are soggy and hot and it's expensive to keep interiors cool through air conditioning but it's worth the power cost. Make sure ceiling and floor fans are circulating air behind curtains and through closets which both tend to trap heat and moisture.
  3. Keep the house clean. Mold spores are distributed through airborne dust. Change the filter in your HVAC at least quarterly and preferably monthly. Vacuum and dust regularly. While tile and glossy paint surfaces resist mold development, if soap scum is allowed to build up on these surfaces mold won't be far behind.
  4. Drainage. Make sure your foundation has adequate drainage. If water is allowed to stand around the foundation it will eventually seep through the cement and bring mold into the home. If you have a drainage problem consult with a professional contractor to correct it.
  5. When the power goes out. Occasionally storms will knock out power and when this happens the natural reaction is to open windows to get ventilation. This of course will build up the humidity in the house. When the power is restored you can "dry out" the interior by cycling your heater and air conditioner. First run your heater at 80oF to draw out the moisture from furnishings. Next crank your air down to 65oF for three hours to dry out the air. If the house still feels clammy repeat the cycle.

Mold is nasty stuff and it's with us year round. Keep your family healthy and your property safe by practicing these tips on a regular basis.

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