The most practical approach to limit mold growth is early detection and prompt resolution of excessive or accumulated moisture. If you can see mold or detect an earthy or musty odor, you can assume you have a moisture problem that must be resolved to achieve a permanent solution to arresting mold growth.
Through the following energy saving techniques, the problem of moisture accumulation, condensation, and mold can be addressed and resolved.
- Providing dehumidification to maintain humidity levels at or below 60%.
- Installing spot exhaust.
- Increasing ventilation.
- Inspecting for standing water (e.g. plumbing leaks, leaking basements).
- Installing storm windows or replace windows with more energy efficient windows to decrease moisture on windows.
- Ensuring that storm water is drained sufficiently far away from foundation to control moisture in basements.
See the Build a Better Home Web site for more information.