How to Prevent Mold: Memphis Mold Inspector’s Sanitization Protocol for Maintaining a Healthy Indoor Environment

How to Prevent MoldMany people don’t realize that by practicing a few simple precautions, they can go a long way toward maintaining a mold-free environment. Memphis Mold Inspector believes so strongly in the importance of these practices, that they are included in every mold report we do, regardless of whether or not remediation is recommended. Practice these steps, and mold will not have a chance to establish a foothold.

  1. Keep the premises clean and regularly dust, vacuum, and mop.
  2. Install an air purifier in the home to maintain good indoor air quality and reduce dust. (It is important to consult with an IAQ Specialist so you can take a holistic approach to the myriad of indoor air contaminates that exist. A multi-strategic approach is the most effective way to reduce indoor air pollutants).
  3. Use hood vents when cooking, cleaning and dishwashing.
  4. Keep closet doors ajar, where possible, to increase airflow in the closets or install vented doors.
  5. Avoid excessive amounts of indoor plants.
  6. Use exhaust fans when bathing/ showering.
  7. Leave exhaust fans on long enough to remove moisture from the room.
  8. Use ceiling fans.
  9. Wipe down any vanities/ sink tops.
  10. Water all indoor plants outdoors if possible.
  11. Wipe down any moisture or spillage.
  12. Wipe down bathroom walls and fixtures after bathing/ showering.
  13. Avoid drying clothes by hand drying indoors.
  14. Avoid air drying dishes.
  15. Open blinds/ draperies to allow light into the premises.
  16. Wipe down floors after any water spillage.
  17. Hang shower curtain within the bath when showering.
  18. Securely close shower doors if present when showering.
  19. Leave bathroom and shower doors open after use.
  20. Use dryer if present for wet towels.
  21. Use household cleaners (we prefer biodegradable enzyme cleaners and other green technologies) on any hard surfaces.
  22. Remove any moldy or rotting food.
  23. Remove garbage regularly.
  24. Wipe down any and all visible signs of moisture.
  25. Regularly scan the ceilings for evidence of roof leaks.
  26. Periodically check the air conditioning vents to be sure they are clean.
  27. Change the air conditioning filter regularly.
  28. Preform scheduled maintenance of your air conditioning system, including but not limited to cleaning the evaporator coil.
  29. Wipe down windows and sills if moisture is present.
  30. Check all washer hoses (replace every 5 years) and garden hose connections.
  31. Regularly empty dehumidifier.
  32. Clean behind refrigerator and around the air conditioning air handler where possible.
  33. Regularly inspect for leaks under sinks and around the base of water closets, around the washing machine and water heater.
  34. Empty the refrigerator condensation pan where possible.
  35. If possible, pour a small amount of bleach in the drip pan of the air conditioning air handler to decrease the potential for mold growth.
  36. Answer this question regularly and check for signs of mold: “If I were mold and liked moisture, where would I feel most comfortable to set up a home and build a family?”

It is Memphis Mold Inspector’s opinion that these recommendations will substantially improve the indoor air environment of your home and in addition, reduce the potential for mold and other IAQ problems in the future. There is no “overnight” solution but we believe the improvement will be significant, and over a relatively short period of time, the occupants and visitors in your home will feel better about their environment. If Memphis Mold Inspector may be of further service to you in the future, please do not hesitate to call.