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Even if you can’t see mold, you know it’s there, causing health and property damage. Preventing mold is essentially a matter of preventing moisture from gathering within your property. But if you keep your property dry, then mold spores do not have a chance to settle and grow. Portland is far from the driest place in the U.S. as the Pacific Northwest is abundant with rain. But by embracing these 5 helpful tips of information, you can greatly reduce the chances of mold growth within your property:

Make Sure Your Home Is Weather-Sealed
Have a professional check your property to ensure that it is properly defended against any form of water intrusions. Main items of concern are the weather seals on doors and windows, as these can often rip or tear off allowing water to enter.

Use Dehumidifiers
Use dehumidifiers in your home to help remove moisture in your air. The dryer the air, the less chances of water or moisture build up from occurring. This will prevent mold spores from settling in damp areas and sprouting mold growth.

Keep Your Fans Working
Utilize the fans in the bathroom or above kitchen stove. These fans are made in order to remove moisture from the area as you cook or shower. Otherwise, the moisture buildup on your walls and cabinets are prime areas for mold growth.

Inspect the Low-Traffic Areas
Inspect your low traffic areas for any signs of mold growth. These areas are your basement, attic, and crawlspaces. Mold often thrives in these areas because they can accumulate moisture, dark areas without sunlight, and are areas which are often ignored, creating the perfect environment for mold growth.

Watch Your Plumbing
On a yearly basis, have a professional plumber inspect your pipes and test their pressure. As leaking pipes are one of the primary causes of water damage and mold growth.