The truth about water damage is that it isn’t just unsanitary and unsightly; it’s unhealthy. Mold grows and spreads anywhere that moisture accumulates, produces allergens and irritants, and can ultimately drain our wallets in damage costs. So we want to make sure we’re protecting our homes and bodies against this smelly, musty fungus.
Let’s review some important principles about preventing mold and mildew from growing in our homes.
Control Humidity Levels
One of the most efficient ways to prevent mold from growing is to control humidity levels. It’s easiest for mold to develop in warm and damp rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. To lessen the moisture in these areas, utilize exhaust fans, air conditioning, or even a dehumidifier. Alternatively (and if the weather permits) you can open the windows and allow the fresh breeze to alleviate humidity.
Repair Leaks and/or Other Issues
You will want to be as thorough as possible as you inspect every nook and cranny for damage. Repair any leaky faucets or damaged gutters that may be present. If you have older pipes, replace them as soon as they begin to look disintegrated. This will keep moisture from needlessly leaking into your walls and causing mold to grow.
Act fast! Dry Spills and Wet Areas Immediately
Remember that mold only needs about twenty four hours to grow given the right conditions, so there’s no time to waste! Disinfect and properly dry spills and accidents as soon as you find them. Keep wet clothes and laundry off of your carpets and wash them in a timely manner.
Above all, keep in mind that if you’re ever concerned about the growth or spread of mold in your home, there are professionals available who are able to assist you. Never hesitate to contact a steam cleaning service, such as The Steam Team, to help rid your home of mold and mildew!