Having mold growth in your home not only looks unkempt but can also cause health problems or poisoning for those who live in your home. Keeping your home clean and using the right products can keep mold from making your house its new home. There are some ways that you can prevent the growth of mold and get rid of it if it does appear.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus and a common component of dust in your home. But in large quantities it can pose a significant health hazard, irritate allergies or asthma. It can also affect neurological function and even cause death.
Mold can vary in color and shades of black, blue, red and green. Usually the texture looks slimy or fuzzy and it is often accompanied by a distinct odor. Some common places to watch out for mold include your HVAC ductwork, under sinks or around tubs where moisture is often present, or around refrigerators and dishwashers.
1- Dry Up Wet Areas Immediately
One easy way to prevent this toxin from growing is to not give it a habitable place to grow. Drying up wet areas and directing outside water away from your home can make a large difference. If you have a leak in your home or your carpet gets wet, try to soak up as much of the moisture as possible, as soon as possible. This helps keep the moisture from traveling to other areas in your home and soaking into deeper layers of your flooring or insulation.
Water can move quickly, so if you have experienced flooding or other water damage, call a restoration company to help ensure that all of it has been removed and properly dealt with.
2- Prevent With Proper Insulation
Keeping water out of your home can be prevented with proper insulation. Sealing up windows, fixing broken plumbing and sealing spouts and drains can help keep water from getting where it should not be.
3- Monitor Humidity Indoors
A humid environment is where mold and mildew thrive. You can track your humidity levels in your home and make sure to keep them low. Keeping the levels no higher than 50% all day long can help prevent mold. You can use a meter to track the levels in your home and use it to check throughout the day.
4- Clean And Repair Gutters
Gutters’ whole purpose is to keep water away from the foundation of your home and off your roof. If your gutters are clogged they can not do their job properly. Make sure that debris and snow are removed from your gutters and fix any damaged gutters to prevent water from entering.
Gutter maintenance should be performed at least twice a year and can not only prevent mold from growing, but keep your home looking great to onlookers.
5- Improve Air Flow In Your Home
Great air flow can prevent mold from growing . Ventilation helps lower indoor carbon dioxide levels. Fresh air also helps to dry out damp areas and reduce odors. Open up a window or two in your home to get rid of stuffiness and prevent toxins from infecting your home.
If you are needing to clean your home because of mold, opening doors and windows is best to provide fresh air while cleaning. Wearing proper gear while cleaning mold is essential from getting sick and having fresh air to breath can help too.
6- Use Mold Resistant Products In Your Home
Using the right cleaning products helps the mold from returning to your space. Cleaning products that are specifically designed for mold or cleaning projects that are water based are the best for this project.
Non-toxic products help from adding more chemicals and harmful substances to your home and using non-aerosols keep you from spreading the mold to other surfaces or into the air.
If you have experienced flooding, fire damage, mold growth or just need a deep clean, contact Sawyer Restoration for all your needs. We are a full service company that provides you quality restoration.
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