5 Tips to Prevent Mold Growth

 Prevent Mold Growth

Mold and mildew are two of the most common problems that surface in your home following a flood or natural disaster. If the structure is not properly dried after a water-damage event, soaked elements of the building like drywall and framing can become damaged. Mold also can cause a number of serious health problems for you and your family members.

Some tips to prevent the mold growth in your home include:

Keep an Eye on Moisture Levels

Mold thrives in humid spaces, so keep an eye on how much moisture is in the air inside your home. Basements are especially prone to reaching humidity levels above 50% because of their location, and even higher after a flood or similar water damage. When the humidity level climbs in your home, hire a professional mold remediation service provider immediately to prevent it from getting worse. If you’re not sure about your home’s humidity level, a hygrometer could be a worthwhile investment; most centralized heating and air conditioning units have one built in.

Check Your Airflow

Having proper airflow is crucial in preventing mold growth. This ensures that moisture isn’t confined or trapped in a single area to create a fertile breeding ground. Minimizing clutter and clearing air supply grilles blocked by draperies or furniture also is essential because condensation feeds the growth of mold. Allowing air to circulate freely and using fans to keep it moving can help a lot.

Clean Up Moist Areas

Bathrooms and kitchens are often the first sites of mold growth because they’re subject to a lot of moisture. It’s important to keep these areas clean and tidy, so try to keep your countertops clear and give them a good scrubbing regularly. It’s also a good idea to look into anti-mold cleaning products. Have the presence of mind to clean up after spills immediately. Water trapped for longer than 48-hours is a prime mold breeding ground.

Have Leaks Repaired ASAP

A leaky pipe not only creates havoc with your plumbing, but it can also be the spot where mold chooses to grow. Have your home checked routinely for any leaky pipes and save yourself the headache of expensive repair bills later when the damage is too severe for simple solutions. Call a plumber at the first sign of something amiss with your water supply.

Clean Your Roofs & Gutters

It’s important to keep gutter drains clear of debris to prevent rainfall from getting trapped in a single area. You’ll want to keep a lookout for this in autumn when leaves are falling and rain is more prevalent. Take the time to clean out your gutters once a week. This also helps prevent cracks in your roof, saving on roof repairs.

In Case of Mold Growth, Seek Immediate Help

If your property has been on the receiving end of water damage or if you see signs of mold growth, don’t hesitate to ask for help from professionals as soon as possible. Our company, United Drying, offers fast and efficient mold remediation services to household and commercial properties located in Summit County, Colorado. In addition, we also provide restoration services for damages caused by water, fire, and smoke. For inquiries and more information about our services, use our Contact Us page or call 970-315-4941.

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