Despite being associated more with a dry climate, Arizona still experiences humid weather. Any homeowner who has experienced a mold problem in the Copper State knows this to be true. Mold has the ability to grow and spread in some of the most difficult environments. This fungus can live in walls, under floors, in showers and several other places throughout a home. While mold removal is a must, finding ways to prevent the fungus from every growing in the first place is ideal. Here are a few tips for preventing mold growth in your home.

1. Remove any current problem areas.

 The best way to help prevent mold growth is to remove or correct any areas in your home that could potentially provide a breeding ground for the fungus. Homeowners should assess their entire home to determine what areas may be a potential issue. Some examples include flooding basements, leaky windows, broken pipes and more. Finding and correcting these current issues will help prevent mold growth in the future. Homeowners may even discover some mold growth they hadn’t known about during this investigation.

2. Ventilate your home properly.

 Still, wet air is the perfect mixture for mold to grow. The moisture from the air can settle into walls and the floor easier when their is not air movement. These deposits of moisture can then spawn spots of mold. In order to prevent these deposits, homeowners in Arizona must properly ventilate their home. This can be accomplished by opening windows and doors in order to circulate the air. Fans and other electronics can also be used to accomplish this ventilation.

3. Invest in mold-resistant products.

 The problem with older homes is that they’re built with products highly susceptible to mold. If you’re renovating or building a new home, one of the best ways to prevent mold is to invest in mold-resistant products. Dry wall, sheetrock, paint and even some carpets all come in mold-resistant forms. Installing these throughout your home can help to prevent the growth of mold.

4. Keep water away from your home.

 Water in a home is one of the greatest risk factors for mold growth. If the water isn’t running through pipes or being held in a container, it has the potential to spawn this undesirable fungus. Keeping water away from your home is another strategy for preventing mold. Homeowners can install gutters to redirect rainwater, sump-pumps to prevent flooding and durable pipes to stop leaks.