Moisture and Mold Prevention Tips
After the remediation and reconstruction is completed, facility managers and homeowners must commit to a mold-free environment by taking the necessary steps to prevent a recurrence mold contamination. Integrate the following practices into your Melbourne building management plan or Florida home maintenance practices.
- Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occurs indoors – Act Quickly. If building materials, wet or damp, are dried within 24 to 48 hours after the leak or spill occurred, in most cases mold will not grow.
- Maintain all painted surfaces on exterior wood surfaces
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly. Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so the water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Keep Air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flossing property.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (Ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores
- Do not carpet bathroom and utility rooms. Remove and replace flooded carpets.
- Strive for positive building pressure to reduce infiltration of humid, hot air.
- Avoid impermeable vinyl or other impermeable coverings on the interior building surfaces.
- Install vapor barriers based on climate.
- Vent appliances that’s produce moisture, such as clothes dryer, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible.
- Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers.
- Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open window whenever cooking, running the dishwasher and dishwashing, etc.