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5 Efficient Ways to Prevent the Growth of Mold in Your Home

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Open your windows and let air circulate through your home!

Mold is a fungus that reproduces through spores that travel in the air, both indoors and outdoors. They thrive in areas with high humidity and moisture. Water-mold is beneficial outdoors as they help to decompose dead organic matter like leaves. They, however, are a cause of irritation and allergies when indoors, causing coughing, skin rashes and headaches. To prevent home loss due to out-of-control fungus, find below some ways to prevent it:

1) Regulate Moisture Levels

This means keeping your house dry, free from both moisture and humidity. One of the ways to do this is by using a hygrometer that lowers the level of humidity; keeping it below 60%.

2) Always Ventilate the House

Air circulation is crucial in the prevention of water-mold at home. Opening windows to let air in, especially in the bathroom, is one way to ensure good air circulation. The use of ceiling fans to circulate air is also crucial.

3) Fix Leaking Pipes, Gutters and Roofs

As pointed out earlier, water-mold thrives in moisture; hence, it is important to fix any areas of the house that might have leakages. Diligently checking areas where leakages may occur, aids in the prevention of water-mold.

4) Clean Spills and Floods Immediately

Clean fluids poured on the floor immediately as water-mold grows within 24-48 hours. Wiping floodwater and spills immediately guarantees safety from water-mold growth. In addition, wiping bathroom walls using molding killers will ensure safety.

5) Avoid Hanging Wet Clothes Indoors and Eliminate Clutter

In the event that one does not have a clothes dryer, it is advisable to look for a spot outside the house to hang clothes. This is because wet clothes increase moisture levels in the home. Eliminate clutter like draperies that block AC grills. It is advisable to add water-mold inhibitors to paint before painting as this will prevent the growth of water-mold.

The above list is important in the prevention of water-mold. In cases where mold is growing in the home, it is advisable to seek the help of professionals like SERVPRO of Rutherford County. We use the latest techniques and equipment to remediate water-mold. We swiftly respond to emergency calls with a specialist team consisting of a microbial remediation specialist, a water damage restoration technician and an applied structural drying technician. We're ready to help you recover faster from any disaster, so give us a call today!

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