How to Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Property

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Mold remediation services exist to help identify mold growing in properties, to address the source and to make sure that the problem is dealt with swiftly and permanently. These companies can thus help us to protect our health and our properties and to minimize the amount of damage that mold causes to either.

Using professional mold remediation services is always a good idea to prevent mold as mold can otherwise spread very quickly and cause extensive damage to our home and our health. Mold has the uncanny ability to travel through the air in the form of ‘spores’ and once these spores come into contact with any suitable surface, it can begin growing in as little as 24 hours. This is a big problem because it means that often, you will have mold growing back around your house as quickly as you can work to try and remove it. Breathing in mold can cause an allergic reaction but what’s worse is that the toxic ‘black’ kind of mold can also produce the poisonous ‘mycotoxins’ that lead to headaches, lethargy, depression and even potentially neurological damage and death.

For all these reasons, it’s highly important to deal with mold by using a mold remediation company. Better yet though? Prevent it from growing in the first place.

Turn Up the Heating!

prevent mold by turning up the heat.

Technician servicing the gas boiler for hot water and heating

The first way that you can prevent mold from forming or at least reduce its likelihood is by turning up the heating. When you turn down the heating, this, unfortunately, has the effect of causing the walls in your property to become very cold. In turn, this then means that particles of moisture in the air will condense when they come into contact with them forming condensation and creating a damp film on your walls. Moisture is actually precisely what is required for mold to form, so this is the fastest way for you to increase your likelihood of getting mold.

Even in the summer and even when you’re away from the house, try to make sure that you keep your heating on a low setting. You can use a thermostat, so you won’t be wasting the energy! At the same time, ensure that all your windows and walls are well insulated and invest in good insulation for your loft. You’ll spend a little more to get good insulation now but in the long run, all of this will help you to save money on your home and on mold remediation.

How to Reduce Moisture

The next trick to prevent mold is to reduce moisture in your home. Here, it’s important to realize that condensation is only one type of moisture and so turning up the heat is only going to protect you from needing mold remediation so much.

Another common source of moisture, for instance, is steam. Steam can be an issue in bathrooms very often for example because we will often have hot showers or hot baths with the doors closed. If you don’t have an extractor fan for your bathroom, then once again this is a very savvy investment and one you should certainly consider making.

Likewise, you should also make sure that you think about the steam you create in other ways to prevent mold. A range hood can help to reduce steam produced by boiling water and soup for instance. Likewise, when your in a bath, run the cold water and then the hot water to reduce the amount of time you have hot water standing and steaming in your room.

If you hang clothes out to dry in your house then this is something you might want to consider changing. For instance, look into hanging your clothes outside instead. Likewise, avoid having water standing in glasses around your house or having water standing in the sink. Any standing water can lead to moisture in the air and so mold.

Open the Windows

Opening the windows is also something that every mold remediation company will recommend and is also a good way to prevent mold from growing. This will allow cold air to get into your property and as this circulates around your home it will dry off surfaces and it will allow mold spores to move outside.

In fact, it is often the parts of the house that are hidden away from the air – known as ‘air pockets’ that are the most likely to suffer from mold. For example, if you have heavy curtains, you might find that mold is prone to building up behind those. Likewise, mold can gather behind sofas and arm chairs and it can build up in a host of other similar spots too.

Another trick then is to allow air to circulate through your rooms by pulling the furniture away from the wall a little bit. If you notice mold behind a piece of furniture then this is a tell-tale sign that this is something you need to do.

More Tips

prevent mold: Petri dishes

Another tip to prevent mold is to throw out anything that’s mold quickly. If you have mold collecting on an old book that you don’t need for instance, then throw this out rather than waiting for the mold to travel. The same goes for rotting fruit and other foods.

Another important tip to prevent mold is to make sure that you plug any leaks in your home and prevent any other areas of standing water. If you have a dripping pipe, then call the plumber around quickly to deal with it. At the same time, if you have water overflowing from your eavestroughs and running down the sides of your walls, then it will serve you well to fix these as quickly as possible. Flat roofs are also a problem.

Stay vigilant and be on the lookout and you should be able to prevent mold building up before it becomes a problem. If you do have a mold problem though, then the quicker you call a mold remediation service to come and deal with the issue, the less the damage is going to spread and the more you will protect your health. A mold remediation company will be able to give you peace of mind and is the best way to stop mold in its tracks.

When you are in need of a mold damage repair company in Jupiter, Melbourne, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, or Wellington FL or in Asheville, NC contact Secure Restoration.

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