The perfect climate for mold consists of humidity, stagnant air, and warm temperatures. With Richmond having high humidity throughout the year, we find ourselves in the perfect atmosphere for mold growth. We all know that mold growth within the home is horrible. Not only are the health effects of mold severe, but the cost of removing it can be incredibly high.
At TemperaturePro, we believe in encouraging our customers to be proactive HVAC system owners. We want to make sure that you never have to deal with the ramifications of mold inside your home, so we’re going to go over everything you’ll need to stop it before it starts!
Find Where it Grows
As we stated earlier, all that mold needs to start growing is water, air, and time. If you ever see sitting water in your home, dry it up immediately. Keep in mind that mold can still grow if you don’t find stagnant water in time. You can infer that mold will grow in the areas of your home you rarely visit: the attic, the top of a closet, in between the walls, and other obscure places.
If you are having trouble finding mold, use your nose as a tool. Mold, stagnant air, and sitting water all have distinct smells that can lead you to the source of the problem. If something smells wrong inside your home, don’t ignore it. Find the source of the smell and take appropriate, immediate action!
Seal Leaks & Ensure Airflow
Finding and sealing leaks in your ductwork, walls, and roof is a great way to prevent mold. Not only will you reduce the amount of water that could get into your home, but you will also increase the airflow in your home. If you seal all leaks in your home, the air pressure will increase, the air will flow more efficiently, and you will save money. This also results in a reduction of the level of stagnant air in your home.
There are certain areas of your home that naturally won’t have much or any airflow. Your attic and basement are some of those places, making them breeding grounds for mold. Consider investing in an attic or basement fan to keep the air moving at all times. This may seem like an investment, but it can go a long way towards keeping mold out of your home. Compare the cost of a basement or attic fan to the cost of needing to remove future mold!
Invest in IAQ
We have a lot of indoor air quality products that can improve the air in your home. Did you know that once mold grows, its spores can travel to different parts of your home? An air purifier is great for removing mold spores and other pollutants from the air.
What if you want to stop the problem before it starts? For this, we recommend a humidifier. As we have indicated throughout this blog, too much humidity is bad and will lead to mold. However, not enough humidity is also a problem! Dry air can lead to furniture damage and even respiratory issues. A humidifier will help you find the perfect middle ground: no mold and no dry air.
Cleaning Up Mold
If you find a significant amount of mold has grown in your home, you must remove it as soon as possible. Despite airflow being great for your home, you need to turn off your HVAC system when cleaning up mold. The last thing you want while cleaning mold is air blowing tiny spores around your home. Reducing airflow while cleaning mold reduces the chance of it spreading!
Now that the air is turned off, you just need to get gloves, a cleaning solution, and your vacuum cleaner. How much the mold has already grown will determine how much work must be done and the amount it will cost. If you are unsure of how to proceed with your mold problem, always call a professional!
With as much humidity as we have in Richmond, mold growth is a common issue that must be addressed by most homeowners. Once the mold has become an issue, there is no quick fix. Removing mold can become costly, which is why prevention is so important! Thankfully, your HVAC system can play a major role in the effort to suppress mold growth; you just have to be proactive!