Breaking the Hold of Mold Caused By Water Damage
At some point in all our lives, we’ve encountered water damage in one of its many forms.
Moisture, when left unattended, can have harsh effects to your home and over time can cost large amounts in emergency restoration to fix. Water damage, even from the first signs of leakage, can quickly become a huge issue for you.
Mold is one of most common ways moisture can become your enemy. It thrives in warm environments, and with the summer months kicking into high gear you can expect it to follow behind any unattended moist areas.
Summer is a time for relaxation and travel, but if you don’t take some actions you could return to a moldier home. Mold doesn’t take a holiday.
Tips to Prevent Molds at Home This Summer
Our experts at SERVPRO have some straightforward tips to help prevent mold in your home this summer while traveling. We want that all our clients in Rutherford County be ready with some mold preventing methods, so they can return to mold-less homes. Here’s a few things you can do this summer:
1. Set the Environment
Hot on the outside, cool on the inside.
Summer heatwaves are sure to not only make for warmer sun filled days, but also can be molds' best friend. If you already have existing wet or moist places in your home and leave them unattended, you’re asking for the mold to multiply. While you’re a at the beach getting a tan, the mold will be taking a hold.
To fight back, you can set the environment of your home to be nonproductive for mold growth. Mold will grow best at 77-degrees Fahrenheit or more. One way to combat this would be setting your temperature much lower than their ideal growth temperature to not give moisture the heat it needs.
It may mean a higher electricity bill, but that’s much better than the costs and damage mold can do.
2. Repair to Prepare
The best way to prevent mold is to never have water damage in the first place.
This is the time to finally take that leaky pipe or appliance that you never truly fix seriously. Perhaps it hasn’t caused anything more than a few minutes of your time to patch up in the past, but if you leave it unattended while traveling this summer you could be looking at a mold or emergency restoration situation.
Hire a professional to fix your leaky pipes and appliances so they don’t become a bigger issue down the road. Additionally, leaks in your roof can be especially problematic if it turns out to be a rainy summer. It would be wise to get a SERVPRO specialist on site to make sure that those discolored ceiling spots don’t turn into something worse in the summer heat.
3. Cleanliness is Happiness
If charity begins at home, then mold grows from neglect.
You may be ready to get off to your summer vacation in a hurry but overlooking the small daily things can add up. Perhaps, you’ve already repaired your faulty pipes, appliances, and other moisture prone areas. However, have you cleaned up the areas where they are?
Regular cleaning of any high moisture areas is a pro tip for ensuring that you avoid water damage and mold. Remedying the leak is one thing, but an unclean area which has already begun to develop mold is an entirely different story, especially if you haven’t been cleaning along the way. Make sure you give your home a thorough cleaning before heading hitting the road.
4. No Humidity, No Problem
Let your home breath.
In addition to setting a good cold temperature make sure you allow room for the cool air to flow through your home. If you have too much clutter in your home, it can make it difficult for air flow to reach moist places which have trapped humidity. Additionally, there could already be mold or wet spaces developing that you didn’t know existed.
The best methods for preventing water damage and mold are the ones which you plan for. While you’re getting things ready for your summer travel take a look around your home using SERVPRO’s tips to make sure it’s clean, cool and clutter free.