5 Ways to Prevent Mildew in Your Florida Home
Mildew and mold are common problems in areas with excess moisture. As you know from living in Jacksonville, Florida, any time the humidity goes up, moisture builds, and mold isn’t far behind. When mildew begins to grow, it not only causes health problems like respiratory issues, sore throat, and headaches, it can also cost thousands of dollars to correct structural damage. Avoid those problems with a few tips to keep mildew and mold out of your home.
Fix Water Leaks Immediately
Mildew and mold both love water. If a pipe bursts in your home, or you notice a stain spreading on your ceiling, look into it immediately. Catching and repairing a small leak early will prevent major problems later.
Clean Up Spills
Standing water is a breeding ground for all kinds of things to grow, including mold and mildew. Whether it’s from a spill or a leak, clean up any water immediately.
Check Your Exhaust Fans
Exhaust and dryer fans should blow out of your home, not inside or in the garage or attic. All that warm, moist air will give mold and mildew a chance to grow and spread.
Take Care of Your Bathroom
Bathrooms can account for a lot of wet spots, moisture, and condensation. Use an exhaust fan to help dry any moisture after a hot shower. Don’t bunch up your towels; spread them flat to help them dry faster. Wipe down the shower after the last time it’s used each day to remove excess water.
Keep the Humidity in Your Home Low
Living in Florida, you know it’s not just the heat that gets you. High humidity plays a big role in discomfort as well. Keep your air conditioner set to a comfortable and cool temperature all summer long to lower the humidity. Use your fans to circulate air. Consider adding a whole-house dehumidifier to lower the humidity without straining your air conditioner.
Mildew and mold don’t have to become major problems, even when the humidity levels top 100 percent in the middle of a Florida summer. If you want to learn more about how to lower the humidity in your home, contact Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning today at 904-262-5926.