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How to Prevent Mold Growth in Vacation Homes

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Because you don’t stay at your vacation home year-round, maintenance can be challenging. Since issues can go unnoticed for a while, you need to keep up with inspections and service to prevent breakdowns, high humidity levels, or mold infestations. Mold thrives in moist environments, so you’ll need to take steps to minimize humidity and moisture. Here’s what you can do on your end before you decide to call on a mold restoration company.
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Vacation Home
1. Have Your HVAC System Inspected

At the beginning of every season, have the air ducts cleaned and the filters changed to minimize the chance of spores in the air. Additionally, a professional should check the HVAC system for signs of blockage, leaks, or potential problem areas, which may lead to mold growth. With appropriate airflow between your visits, you can limit your chances of mold spores sticking to surfaces or circulating through your ducts.
2. Maintain Indoor Humidity

To avoid high humidity inside your vacation home, use a dehumidifier. During summer, humidity levels can rise above 60%, creating ideal conditions for mold growth. For optimal comfort and to keep mold at bay, your home’ s relative humidity should be 45%–50%. Setting up a dehumidifier in your home will help keep humidity levels within this range.
3. Keep Your Windows & Doors Shut

mold restorationBeach houses are more susceptible to mold growth because of the moist ocean air. Leaving the doors and windows open for longer than 10 minutes is enough to trigger fungal growth inside the home. Avoid this by reminding guests and renters to always shut the doors and windows.
4. Clean Appliances That Collect Moisture

Front-loading laundry washers, tumble dryers, and dishwashers produce a lot of moisture. These appliances have airtight and watertight seals that lock in hot air and can cause mold and mildew buildup around the gasket. These appliances don’t readily come to mind as mold-prone areas and can easily be overlooked when you are away. Assign someone to check them periodically and clean any mold as soon as possible with mild detergent or mildew remover.
5. Have Someone Check in Occasionally

Ask a friend or neighbor to drop by your vacation home once in a while, so they can inspect for any problems. At the first signs of fungal growth they notice, call on a mold restoration company to address the infestation before it causes further damage.

 

Before leaving your vacation home unoccupied, have a mold restoration company do a once-over for any signs of growth. Rely on the team at Dove Services of Gulf Shores, AL, for mold inspections and removal. With more than 20 years of experience, they are the trusted mold remediation specialist throughout the entire Gulf coast. Call (251) 540-7357, and visit their website for information about the mold restoration company’s warranties.


Posted on Oct 10, 2018

 
 

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