Attempting to prevent or reduce your exposure to mold starts with an assessment of your home. When it turns moisture issue is being a breeding grounds for mold growth, removing mold isn’t the fix, moisture needs to be eliminated first. Using a dehumidifier can be helpful especially in basements, bathrooms, and attics. Read on to learn how to use your dehumidifier properly.
- Set up the dehumidifier and aim for a relative humidity of no more than 50%. This is a good number to remember or to put a mark at on your dial. More than 50% humidity in your home can lead to mold growth.
- Use dehumidifier in bathroom, basement or attic especially in summer to reduce humidity
- If there is previous water damage in your home, run your dehumidifier to dry out
- It’s important to follow all instructions for changing filters, cleaning etc to the manufacturer’s requirements. If you’ve put the money into a dehumidifier, then chances are you don’t want to throw away your money on another one. Follow the instructions!
- Place dehumidifier on a flat, stable surface with 10-12″ of free space surrounding it
- Check/empty tank regularly to avoid overflowing and further damage. This will also give you an idea of how much humidity you’re removing from the air by emptying and recording levels.
Dehumidifiers can be great at removing dampness, however, if a major problem already exists, it won’t save you from the mold. Mold infestation can be difficult to kill as well and hard to spot for some. Trust a licensed mold inspector like HNST Mold Inspections to come assess the situation at your home.