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5 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Jacksonville Home

Needless to say, packing and moving to Florida from a colder climate is nothing short of exciting. No more freezing winters, jean shorts and sandals all year long; and the option of going swimming in your outdoor pool is always on the table - 365 days a year. However, the sunshine state comes with its fair share of warmer weather woes, and the last thing you want to worry about when moving into your new Florida home is having to deal with the potential onset of mold. Take these tips from your local Jacksonville movers that will not only prevent mold from growing, but also make sure that you do not break the bank in order to do so.

  1. Clean. While this may seem obvious, regularly cleaning your home can provide an insurmountable amount of preventative maintenance when it comes to completely avoiding potential mold growth in your home. This includes vacuuming on a regular basis and paying special attention to the areas of your home that attract moisture – such as the bathroom.
  2. Carpet. Stay away from carpeting your entire home, and instead opt for area rugs that you can throw in the washing machine and easily clean on a regular basis. This tip will prove especially helpful when it comes to the areas of your home that garner more moisture than others.
  3. Repair. Procrastinators beware: letting that leaky faucet go too long without fixing it can turn into a much bigger problem than simply fixing a faucet. This goes for any leaks that lets water into your home – think faucets, windows and your roof.
  4. Gutters. Cleaning your gutter on a regular basis will save you from a never-ending headache in the future. Take the time to also make sure that the water from your gutter flows away from your home, instead of towards it. If you find that more water is going towards your home as opposed to away from it, then invest in splash blocks. Splash blocks help rainwater to flow towards the right direction and prevent a potential mold outbreak in your home.
  5. Humidifier. Using a humidifier can surprisingly do more damage to your home than you realize – especially during the summer. Make sure to keep your humidifier at 60% or lower relative humidity; this will stop condensation from forming on your windows and stop any mold from growing, before it starts.

One thing to remember is that, in order for mold to grow in your home, it requires not only a warm temperature, but also consistent moisture. While it is easy to get rid of one of these things, mold spores are tricksters that will remain inert until either one of those two factors reappear. By using these tips from your local Jacksonville movers, you can rest assured knowing that you will not have any latent mold waiting to creep up again.