The winter season is one of the most likely times you will experience mold reproduction and growth because of heightened moisture levels inside and outside the home. Mold not only causes health issues from poor air quality, but it also destroys your home’s porous materials which compromise the structural integrity of the building. Here are important prevention and remediation tips that will help you avoid mold exposure and growth during a wet, winter season.
Microscopic mold spores are found naturally in the air both inside and out of your home. As it is airborne, it reproduces quickly in moisture-rich areas. While you will be able to control mold by cleaning an area, you will need mold remediation services to eliminate overpopulation fully. Prevention practices will best keep your occupants healthy and property mold-free. It will also ensure that you keep your home or business in optimal shape during the wet winter months.
Mold Prevention Tips
- Make a note of your local mold remediation company for quick access.
- Remove standing water. Keep everything clean and dry.
- Always inspect the walls, baseboards, and basement for mildew or mold growth.
- Keep the rooms clean, and air them out with a fan or dehumidifier in high moisture areas.
- Turn off the water to pipes or appliances not being used.
- Have the carpets cleaned professionally for proper cleaning and dry-out.
- Always renovate cracks and crumbling mortar to avoid rising damp.
- If you find wet areas in the basement, check for broken or leaky pipes.
- Check for moisture in the HVAC system. Use appropriate moisture absorbing materials.
- Hire a roofing contractor to inspect for leaks and make roofing and gutter repairs. You may also want to cover the roof with a tarp until the springtime.
- Winterize the windows and doors and add new seals.
- Have couches or fabric furnishings professional cleaned if they get wet.
- Practice good ventilation techniques to reduce the risk of mold or mildew.
- Reduce the thermostat temperature to control humidity levels.
- Insulate your interior and exterior pipes to avoid breaks and leaks.
- Check the ground for wet or pooling water. Level the ground with the foundation.
Mold Remediation Process Tips
Mold spores are most likely to grow on oxygen-rich surfaces in areas that are moist, dark, and warm. Common areas you must inspect includes the bathtub or shower, sinks, toilet, bathroom walls, flooring, under the kitchen sink, inside the refrigerator, under the stove top, wooden shelves or cutting boards, windows seals, HVAC vents, furnishings, plants, and the fireplace.
- Always respond quickly and use mold remediation products to clean and disinfect.
- Dispose of any moldy, contaminated items in closed garbage bags.
- Freeze keepsake items in a sealed bag to neutralize mold.
- If you notice wall discoloration, call Restore Pro for mold remediation services.
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