Are your indoor mold levels higher than those outside?
Black Mold Preventatives
How can you prevent mold from growing in your house?
Contributing Causes of Black Mold
-Air-conditioning leaks sustain mildew.
-Bathrooms are unventilated, allowing surface mold.
-Central Air unit's condensation pan houses mold.
-Humidifiers provide a mold growth medium and mold distribution system.
-Unventilated crawl spaces house mildew.
-Vinyl wallcoverings trap moisture. Mold degrades the surface between the vinyl and drywall.
-Water-resistant drywall degrades when subjected to moisture.
-Washing machines installed in a room without a floor drain. Water with no point of exit will soak into adjacent carpet, drywall and insulation.
-Seal air conditioning duct joints with flexible mastic so they don't leak.
-Remove bathroom surface mildew by scrubbing the area with a 1/2 percent bleach solution. When dry, prime it with an alcohol-based, white pigmented shellac. Make sure to install a source of ventilation: a bathroom fan or window.
-In spring, clean the pan with a 1/2 percent bleach solution and anti-mold cleanser to verify the drain pan's drain is active.
-Regularly treat clean humidifiers with an antimicrobial solution to break the cycle.
- Keep the air moving through crawl spaces to keep moisture down and fog with anti mold products.
-Use wallcoverings with impermeable paper or use paint.
-Instead of water resistant drywall, use cement backer board, which is undamaged by moisture.
-Always provide a floor drain near the washing machine.