How to Prevent Mold from Growing in your Home
With our Heavy Summer Rains and High Humidity , we live in an environment that encourages the growth of mold. What causes Mold? How can we prevent it? and What should we do if we suspect Mold Damage in our Home?
What is Mold?
Mold is an organism that grows on organic material such as Wood, leaves, paper, leather and cloth. In order to grow, it needs moisture (water) and time. Our high humidity gives mold plenty of moisture and if not remediated quickly, mold can grow rapidly over time- 24-72 hours is all it needs.
How Mold be Prevented?
The most likely places where mold can form in your home, are the water line connections, such as your toilet, your faucets, dishwasher, and Air Conditioning unit. Plastic connectors are not as durable as metal connectors, and can leak water causing mold to grow. So replacing all plastic water connections with metal ones is a great first step to preventing the growth of mold. Repairing and caulking leaky windows and doors is another great way to prevent mold. Check your home for any wet or damp areas that may be the result of water leaking and repair those leaks.
What Should You Do if You Suspect Mold Damage in Your Home?
Since time is vital to the growth of mold, it is essential that you remediate as soon as you suspect Mold. Professional remediation companies, use a combination of Air Movement from fans, with Dehumidifiers to lower moisture and removal of affected areas - most times by replacing the drywall or furniture the mold has infected. The faster they are called to remediate the mold the more successful they are in controlling the mold spread in a timely manner and the lower the cost to both the consumer and the insurance company.
PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY MOLD CLAIMS HAVE BEEN DENIED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES BECAUSE THEY DETERMINED THE HOMEOWNER WAS NEGLIGENT BY FAILING TO INTERVENE WHEN THE FIRST SIGNS OF MOLD WERE NOTICED.
If you suspect you may have Mold:
- Find the source of the water and stop the leak.
- Remove the water from the leak area.
- Set up fans to move the air around in the room.
If the Mold has already formed or you have a major water leak in your home, Call a Water Remediation Company like Puroclean who can dry the room, Dehumidify it and remove any mold from your walls or furniture.
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