Once mold is present in your home, it spreads quickly. Mold can grow anywhere – from carpet and tile to less visible places, such as inside walls and pipes with leaks or condensation buildup. As it grows, mold can become a severe problem that is costly to fix and hazardous to the people in your space.
The best approach to combat mold is prevention. Take care of it before it becomes a problem. That’s why we’ve gathered several tips to curb the potential for mold growth and therefore avoid the need for professional mold mitigation.
Monitor Humidity Levels
An excellent way to keep mold growth out of your home or office is to monitor your humidity level. We suggest that you keep it as low as possible at absolutely no higher than 50%. You can achieve this through the use of air conditioning or dehumidifier units. In addition, meters that check humidity levels are available so you can monitor the changes throughout the day.
Control Air Flow
The proper airflow setup can also help mitigate mold growth in your space. You want the air in your home or business to flow freely. To achieve the correct flow, you can use exhaust fans that connect to the outdoors in places with high humidity, such as kitchens and bathrooms. It’s essential to ensure that your clothes dryer is also adequately vented.
Take Care of Leaks
Leaks are one of the most well-known causes of mold growth, so it is vital to take care of them as soon as they are identified. Your building’s roof, walls, and plumbing systems are the most common culprits of mold facilitation. Be sure to check them regularly and familiarize yourself with signs of leakage.
Understand Water Damage Aftercare
If you experience water damage of any kind, you must take action immediately. After a flood, a home restoration professional can help. You should clean up and dry out your space thoroughly within 24-48 hours of the incident. Carpets or upholstery that have been soaked must be removed or replaced, and you must dry your home’s foundation completely.
Use Mold-Prevention Products
You can add prevention products to your everyday activities to mitigate mold growth. For example, add mold inhibitors (which can be purchased at your local home improvement store) to paint before painting. Also, when cleaning, use products made with mold-killing additives for extra protection.
Still, even the most prepared home or business owner may experience problems with mold growth in their space. If you have a mold issue in the Louisville or Nashville areas, give us a call (Louisville: 502-261-1755 or Nashville: 615-822-9327) or go online and get your estimate.