Microbial Growth and How to Mitigate It in Your Home

family comfortable at home during summerWhen you live in a humid climate like we do here in Louisiana, the summer months can get especially muggy. Unfortunately, that can also mean our homes can become overly damp as well – which can lead to microbial growth in the home. Areas like bathrooms, basements, and under-the-sink cabinets can be especially prone to microbial growth, which can cause problems for your home and the people living inside.

Fortunately, there are measures you can take that can help mitigate microbial growth in your home, and products available that can help keep humidity at a manageable level. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the ways to keep the microbial growth in your home under control, and how Burkhardt can help. Keep reading to learn more!

Understanding Microbial Growth

While some microbes are harmless, others can pose health risks and cause damage to your home. Here are common signs of microbial growth:

  • Visible Growth: If you notice fuzzy patches on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces, it’s a clear sign of microbial growth.
  • Musty Odors: Unpleasant, musty smells often indicate hidden microbial growth. Investigate the source promptly.
  • Allergic Reactions: If family members experience unexplained allergies, respiratory issues, or skin irritation, microbial growth could be the culprit.

Mitigation Strategies

Noticing microbial growth in your home can be frustrating. Here are a few measures you can take to help keep it under control:

  1. Control Humidity Levels: Microbes thrive in damp environments. To prevent excessive growth, invest in a good-quality dehumidifier to maintain optimal humidity levels in your home. Additionally, proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements helps reduce moisture buildup.
  2. Inspect and Repair Leaks: Check for leaks in pipes, roofs, and windows. Fix any issues promptly to prevent water intrusion.
  3. Clean and Dry Wet Areas: Dry wet carpets, towels, and other materials promptly to prevent microbial growth.
  4. Keep an Eye on Your Home’s HVAC System: Consult HVAC contractors to select an energy-efficient system that minimizes moisture buildup. Schedule professional HVAC maintenance to ensure filters, coils, and ducts remain clean and functional. And, consider ultraviolet intervention. UV lights installed in your HVAC system can kill microbes and prevent growth.

By understanding microbial growth and implementing preventive measures, you can create a healthier, more comfortable living environment. Remember to stay vigilant, address any signs promptly, and consult professionals when needed.

Burkhardt can help you keep your home at the right humidity level.

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is the best possible comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. When you need dehumidification solutions for your home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical & Generators to meet your needs. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your indoor air quality needs. Please contact us at 985.626.7741.