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5 Ways to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Home

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Anyone who tells you they can completely remove mold from your home is lying.

There are likely thousands of spores in the air in your house right now – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It becomes a problem when the fungi begins growing and causes mold damage.

How to Keep Mold Damage Out of Your House

Once mold damage appears, it can spread quickly. The cheapest way to get rid of the damage is prevention. The Tennessee Department of Health suggests following these five steps to keep mold damage from popping up in your home.

1. Fix Leaky Pipes, Roofs and Windows

Mold grows best in wet, humid and warm conditions. If you notice any leaks in your home, fix them as soon as possible. It only takes 48-72 hours for significate mold growth and damage to occur in the impacted areas.

2. Keep Indoor Humidity Below 50 Percent

The Department of Health recommends a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. SERVPRO is a little more specific and urges its customers to keep humidity below 45 percent. Regardless, keeping your humidity level down will help prevent mold growth. Make sure to double check the humidity setting on your thermostat – if your unit does not have this feature, you should consider investing in a dehumidifier.

3. Perform Regular HVAC Inspections

Your air conditioner is likely working extra this time of year – especially in the Rutherford County summer heat. If your system has any mold, you’re unknowingly spreading it to all corners of your home. Schedule routine maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure your vents are clean.

4. Avoid Carpeting Bathrooms and Basements

Carpets tend to trap in moisture, and there are few locations in your home as damp and humid as your bathroom or basement. If you decide to go with carpeting, ensure the area is properly ventilated to remove excess humidity in the air.

5. Promptly Clean After Flooding

Flooding is not uncommon in Rutherford County. Should your home suffer any flood damage – and it’s safe to do so – try to clean and dry up the area as quickly as possible. Remember, mold thrives in moisture and it only takes a few days for significant damage to happen.

What to Do When You Find Mold Damage

When you spot mold or water damage in your home, it’s important to act quickly. The highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO in Rutherford County are on call 24/7 – ready to assist in your emergency needs. Our team will help find the source of your problem and suggest services that are right for your home and budget.

Contact SERVPRO in Rutherford County at (615) 751-8815 to schedule your appointment today.

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