The Midwest has been barraged with rainfall this spring causing an above average amount of flooding and mold growth in homes. Mold can be found anywhere moisture is present and caused by rain seeping in, leaking pipes, cooking, showering, and even insufficient ventilation in the home. Mold contamination is very harmful to your health, property, and belongings. Here are five mold prevention tips to prevent mold from coming into your home:
- Check for Water Leaks After Rain Immediately: Not all water damage from rain is visible. Some water damage lies concealed behind walls. An environment that stays wet too long, sometimes in just 48 hours, will start to grow mold. If you do come across a wet area in your home, steps need to be taken immediately to start the drying process.
- Use Exhaust Fans While Bathing and Cooking: The second most well-known areas in a home to have mold are the bathroom and kitchen. Hot showers and cooking can produce condensation but running an exhaust fan during these activities will help eliminate moisture in these rooms. If you do not have an exhaust fan, open a window or wipe off the water when you are done to prevent mold from growing.
- Maintain a Healthy HVAC System: Another notorious place to find mold in a home is in the HVAC system. Ways to prevent mold from growing in your air duct system are: changing your air filter every few months, purchase and use mold inhibitor, keep your drip pans clean, and have your HVAC system cleaned by a professional every few years.
- Purchase and Use a Dehumidifier: High indoor humidity can provide moisture for mold to grow. Dehumidifiers can eliminate extra moisture in the air.
- Open Windows and Doors: Mold likes to grow in a wet and dark atmosphere. When weather permits, open your windows and doors for your home to gain sunlight exposure and to encourage fresh air circulation.
Once mold is present, it is very difficult to combat. There are many necessary protocols that you should take to clean surface and airborne mold, or it will return. You should always use a professional mold restoration company such as ServiceMaster DSI .ServiceMaster DSI can assess any unique mold situation, isolate the mold with barriers, use the latest technology to scrub the mold, and mitigate any water damage preventing future mold growth. If your policyholders are experiencing mold problems, give us a call today at 844-413-3130 or fill out this service request form.