Welcome Kristen Janosko (ServiceMaster by ASAP, Rochester, New York) and her contribution to our RMF blog. Please enjoy.
According to a study done by the Home Inspectors Association, approximately 38% of homes have some type of mold that is in need of remediation. Of course, the severity of the mold in these homes varies, but if left untreated, mold growth can become a large and very costly problem for homeowners. This article will give you tips on mold prevention, and also inform you of what to do if you suspect mold issues within your home.
Mold Prevention Tips
The key to mold prevention is moisture control. With moisture in the home, or an unexpected event involving water damage, mold can start growing within 72 hours. Mold reproduces through spore growth, but this is not possible without moisture. There are many different types and colors of mold, and some are more concerning than others. Because certain types of mold can pose health problems, as they produce allergens, irritants, and toxic substances, it is imperative to tackle mold growth as soon as possible.
Here are some tips for the prevention of mold:
– Keep your gutters clean
– Make sure land slopes away from your house
– Keep AC drip pans clean
– Drain lines that aren’t flowing properly or are obstructed
– Keep indoor humidity low (ideally, between 30-50%, and never higher than 60%)
*Condensation on the windows or elsewhere is a sign of high humidity!
– Use AC or dehumidifier when needed
– Always use bathroom fan when showering, and exhaust fans when cooking
– Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as dyers and stoves
– Make sure your home has good air circulation
Many times, mold is not noticeable, as it can grow in the drywall, ceiling tiles, and underneath carpeting and padding. There may be a noticeable smell, but not always. In these types of situations, where mold is suspected, an investigation is necessary. Calling mold removal specialists, like the technicians at ServiceMaster by ASAP, is your best option when dealing with mold in your home. Ridding your home of mold growth can be anything from a small to very large undertaking, but in most cases, it is necessary. If you or anyone you know suspects a mold issue in your home, please give us a call at 585-475-1210. We are always available to give estimates and evaluate your situation with our state-of-the-art equipment and very knowledgeable technicians.