Mold is a common problem in households. Along with dark stains and foul odors, mold can trigger allergies and respiratory problems. In this blog, flood restoration specialist Action Restoration discusses how to take steps in preventing mold growth in your home.
How Does Mold Grow?
In order to address mold in your home, you have to know the conditions that encourage growth. Mold spores are present everywhere, in amounts so minute that they’re harmless, even for some people who are otherwise sensitive to its spores.
There are certain areas in the house that favor mold growth: areas that are warm, dark and humid. The indoor humidity level is a particularly important factor, as mold requires lots of moisture to multiply. This is why mold is often found in bathrooms and attics, as well as water-damaged basements that badly need flooding repair.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
The good news is that mold can be removed using diluted bleach or various types of commercially available cleaning solutions. However, this is merely reacting to the presence of mold and doesn’t guarantee that it won’t return. Taking the proactive route with preventative measures can help maintain indoor air quality. The following are some of the things that you can do to prevent mold growth.
- Address Humidity Issues — If you can only do one task at a time, prioritize maintaining relative indoor humidity. This means you may need to use an indoor humidifier/dehumidifier to maintain a good moisture balance. While dry air can be hostile to mold, it can also cause dryness-related problems such as dry skin, cracked lips, and dandruff. Dry indoor air can also cause respiratory problems related to inhaling dry air, such as asthma, bronchitis, and nosebleeds.
- Open the Windows — Not all the time, of course. Opening the windows in your home for 15 minutes a day, particularly in the bathroom and basement, can help flush out excess moisture.
- Address Leaks — Any unwanted source of moisture—roof leaks, flooded basements, plumbing problems—need to be repaired as soon as possible. Flooded basements, in particular, have many hidden areas that may prevent evaporation and encourage mold growth.
Working with repair professionals such as roofing contractors and restoration experts can make your home less favorable to mold growth.
If you need help with mold removal or flood damage repair, call Action Restoration at (616) 200-8946. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We also offer 24/7 emergency services.