Prevent Mold from Growing in 3 Common Household Places

Prevent Mold from Growing in 3 Common Household Places

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Mold grows very easily in the kitchen, bathroom, and outside the home. Follow a few simple steps to make sure you’re doing your best at keeping the mold out of these susceptible places. The perfect place for mold to grow is in high humidity and high moisture areas, so these rooms typically make a great home for mold growth. We highly recommend getting a moisture meter for your home.


1. How to Avoid Mold Growth in the Kitchen

  • Empty garbage cans daily. And if you can, get a garbage can that seals out moisture.
  • Clear out old food from the refrigerator continually.
  • Wash your cutting boards weekly, with vinegar, and allow a full dry.
  • Turn on the exhaust fans when cooking or working in the kitchen.
  • Check the sink, faucets, and under-the-counter plumbing for leaks, drips, puddles, and other moisture.
  • Don’t use rugs.

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2. How to Stop Mold from Growing in the Bathroom

  • Make sure sink faucets are working properly and that the plumbing on and under your counters are sealed properly.
  • Check your toilet to make sure all pieces are attached properly and check the bowl for any leaks.
  • Check your bathtub and shower for leaks and moisture in the walls or around your tub.
  • Turn on exhaust fan during and after taking a hot shower.
  • Be sure to hang your towel where it can dry completely.

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3. How to Prevent Mold from Growing Outside the House

  • Clear gutters of all debris.
  • Get rid of any leaves surrounding your home (this shady, moist area is where mold thrives).
  • Repair leaky faucets around your exterior walls.
  • Trim any low-hanging trees near your exterior walls.
  • Keep siding and fences dry by trimming foliage and allowing proper sunlight.

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Video Transcript

How to Avoid Mold Growth in the Kitchen

“They say the heart of the home is the kitchen, and if you’re not careful, it quickly becomes a playground for mold. So here’s a few tips to help prevent some serious mold build up. If you’re home all day, empty out small garbage cans daily. This can be a perfect breeding ground for mold. Have a central garbage can that can be sealed to keep  any moisture from getting in or out. Clear old food out of the refrigerator regularly, and if you’re wondering if you’ll ever eat the food, throw it out immediately. Be sure to wash your cutting boards weekly, and with vinegar, and allow them to dry properly. Cutting boards are a prime location for mold and other bacteria. Turn on the exhaust fans when cooking or working in the kitchen to prevent humid air. Make sure any wet areas get dried immediately as mold only needs a couple of days to grow in the right conditions. Check the kitchen sinks, faucets, and under-the-counter plumbing for leaks, drips, puddles, and other moisture. And don’t use rugs in the kitchen; these are just moisture traps that are just asking for mold. And finally, get a moisture meter; it’s a sure-fire way to track down where mold can thrive. And if you’re having any serious moisture problems, be sure to contact us. We can help you. For other safety tips, watch our other videos.”

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How to Stop Mold from Growing in the Bathroom

“Restrooms are a high-water traffic area and that moisture means it’s more likely for mold to grow, so here are a few tips to help you prevent mold from becoming a problem in your restroom. Now first things first, we say it all the time, invest in a moisture meter. If can really help you find potential problem areas without much effort. Second, you want to make sure your sink faucets are working properly and that the plumbing under your counters is properly sealed. The same goes for your toilet. Make sure all the pieces are attached properly, that your flushing system is working as intended, and that the bowl is properly caulked and doesn’t have any leaks. Finally, check your bathtub and shower. You’re looking for any signs of moisture, be it leaks, moisture in the walls, or around your tub. Also, make sure that your tub is properly caulked and sealed with the floor. And here are a few more tips, when taking a hot shower, make sure you use the exhaust fan during and after, this will prevent any excess moisture from building up. And when you’re done, be sure to hang your towel so that it dries completely. Following these tips can help you keep a mold free home. Now if you do find mold, it’s really tempting to try and clean it, but call us, we’re here to help you. For these and other tips check out our other videos.”

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How to Prevent Mold from Growing Outside the House

“A lot of people worry about mold inside, but it’s a good idea to think about mold outside and how it can affect your home as well. So here are a few tips on how to keep your entire home mold free. First off, clear any excess debris, now this does include cleaning your gutters. They say a clean home is a happy home, so get rid of any leaves, as they provide shady, moist areas for the nastiest of molds and mildews to grow. Make sure to repair leaky faucets around your exterior walls as they’re perfect for mold build-up. Be sure to trim any low-hanging trees as they give moss and mold easy access to your home. Also, help keep your siding and fences dry by trimming any surrounding foliage and allowing for them to get proper sunlight. And finally, if you store your grill outside in the open, get a cover for it. Moisture can get trapped in there creating a perfect home for mold. For more safety tips, check out our other videos, and if you have any concerns with mold please give us a call.”




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