At APR Restoration in North Carolina, we know that mold in the home can be alarming, unsightly, and difficult to remediate. When you have, or suspect you have, mold in your home or business you should call a professional like APR Restoration right away to get the best mold removal services, but here we will discuss ways to reduce the moisture levels in your home to possibly prevent mold from ever forming.
Some people who have experienced humidity a lot in their life can detect by feel how humid the space is, but if you’re ever unsure you can use a hygrometer. Ideally you want humidity in your home or business to be 30%-50%. These items are generally low-cost and will let you know that you need to reduce humidity if you see levels near or above 50%.
Now that we’ve established how to measure humidity and the appropriate levels, what needs to be done if the levels are too high? You can start with your air conditioner, which is naturally designed to remove warm and humid air while reintroducing cool air. It is key, however, to make sure you maintain your air conditioner so that it is performing at its best. This includes getting necessary maintenance and changing the air filter regularly, so you don’t prevent the flow of air.
Many of us use fans that ventilate our bathrooms and kitchens when we are doing activities that produce a high level of moisture such as cooking and showering. Using the ventilation, but it is a good idea to keep the fans running for a while after you have completed the task so the humidity can be more effectively removed from the area.
Showers are one of the biggest causes of humidity, therefore mold, in our homes. One of the main reasons is that many like hot showers. Hot showers lead to significantly more humidity than cool ones. Even a slight reduction of the temperature of your shower water can lead to meaningfully less humidity in the home.
Some moisture comes from a less obvious source, like a leaky pipe that you may not even be able to see. If you notice mold forming, or irregular humidity in your home or business it may be due to a leak, and you should contact a company like APR Restoration immediately for professional help and remediation. Some key signs to look for are unexplained stains showing on your wall, wet spots, and a spike in your water bill with no change in usage.
The most obvious way to remove humidity from the air is to use a dehumidifier. There are many kinds, including standalone dehumidifiers and some that fit inside your furnace air handler. Using this solution, you can rely on your air conditioner less because the humidity levels are being maintained at a lower level.
When you have started to notice the buildup of mold, it’s time to find a professional to make sure it’s properly and completely removed from your home or business. APR Restoration services regions in North Carolina including Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, and their surrounding areas. If you have mold growth in your home and want to stop it now, contact us here at APR Restoration right now and our specialists will have your space back to normal.
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