Mold Prevention – How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home
Mold can develop undetected in high-moisture locations for months, if not years.
- Crawl spaces
Mold thrives in regions where there are leaks in ceilings, walls, and plumbing systems. Mold can grow in your HVAC system, which is one of the most dangerous areas for it to grow. If you ever suspect that you might have mold problems, CPR24 Restoration Services has the best team of technicians that will inspect and remove any type of mold.
In healthy people, mold and mold spores in the air can cause major respiratory health impacts such as asthma aggravation, coughing, wheezing, and upper respiratory symptoms. Mold exposure has a wide range of health impacts, depending on the type and amount of mold present in the home.
Mildew and Mold in the Home
- What exactly is mold? Mold is a fungus that is found in abundance in household dust. It can be a severe health threat in big quantities, producing asthma and allergy symptoms, respiratory issues, and, in some cases, neurological problems and even death.
- What does mold resemble? The appearance of mold distinguishes it from mildew. Mold comes in a variety of colors, including black, blue, red, and green. Slimy or fuzzy is the most common texture.
- What exactly is mildew? Mildew is a form of fungus as well. It grows flat on surfaces most of the time.
- How does mildew appear? Mildew appears as a powdery or downy white on organic surfaces such as wood, paper, leather, textiles, walls, and ceilings. In its later phases, it can take on colors of yellow, brown, and black.
Mold and mildew both have distinct disagreeable scents, and both have been linked to a variety of human illnesses.
Mold and mildew thrive under these conditions:
Mold and mildew thrive in an atmosphere with high temperatures (between 77 and 87 degrees), humidity (between 62 and 93 percent), and a food source (organic material). As a result, mold growth is more prevalent between June and August than in any other month. Mold and mildew thrive in warm temperatures and excessive humidity.
Molds such as Alternaria, Aspergillus, Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, and many others can be discovered in the home. Stachybotrys chartarum is most likely the poisonous black mold linked to “sick house syndrome.” It is critical to eradicating mold from all living places, including offices and garages, regardless of the type.
The good news is that there are a number of techniques to combat mold – or to prevent it from forming in the first place. We’ve put up a list of simple, preventative measures to keep your house dry and free of mold and other airborne hazards.
Mold and mildew can be found in a variety of places.
- The ductwork in the HVAC system.
- In the bathroom and kitchen, under sinks, around tubs, and faucets.
- HVAC systems, dishwashers, laundry washers, and refrigerators are all places where mold can grow.
- Any high-humidity/moisture area.
Maintain a healthy humidity level
Mold and mildew grow in humid environments, therefore keeping your humidity levels low is critical. Make sure to ventilate places that are prone to excessive dampness. Turn on the exhaust fans whether you’re in the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. If these rooms don’t have vent fans, hire an electrician to repair or install them. Installing whole-house humidifiers or plug-in dehumidifiers is also a good idea.
Open windows help to enhance ventilation in your home and are an effective approach to reducing carbon dioxide levels indoors. Fresh air will also aid in the drying of damp, musty areas as well as the reduction of odors and stuffiness. Every day, for 5-15 minutes, open a door or two windows to bring free, natural ventilation to your home.
Mold cannot develop and thrive in the presence of moisture, thus it’s critical to dry wet places in your home as soon as possible. A leaking pipe, a flooded basement, or even a spill on your carpet must all be dried thoroughly and fast (within 24 hours). Also, avoid leaving damp clothing or bath towels out for too long. Mold-affected material is extremely difficult to completely remove. In case of water damage, you should always call professionals to dry out the space. CPR24 Restoration Services is specialized in dealing with water damage and structural drying.
Adding some houseplants to your home is a great method to improve the quality of your indoor air (IAQ). VOCs such as formaldehyde, paint, and benzene can be removed with the help of live plants (a byproduct of chemical based-cleaners).
Mold control and mold remediation is a job for skilled professionals and our company can do it better than anyone in this field. Our team has the right skills, knowledge, and equipment to make any of your projects done perfectly. For mold removal or any kind of another emergency you might face around your building, call CPR24 Restoration at (416) 551-8287.