Mold, in addition to being unpleasant to look at and having an unpleasant smell, can be a health hazard. Exposure to mold can cause serious respiratory issues and allergic reactions. If your home is struggling with mold damage, here’s what you can do.
Mold thrives in areas with a high volume of moisture. Bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms are common places for mold to spread because of their frequent contact with moisture.
- Wipe down any damp furnishings or materials in a space within 24-48 hours, as wet items will contribute to mold growth.
- Increase ventilation in vulnerable parts of your home to improve the air flow and keep things dry.
- Use a dehumidifier for added benefit.
- Be vigilant of leaky appliances and plumbing fixtures.
Mold spores exist naturally outdoors, but it’s important to prevent them from colonizing your home.
Combat Mold Damage
If mold has already made its way into your home, then you’ll want to act quickly. The most effective way to fight back against mold is to cut off its water supply—in other words, limit the moisture in a space as much as possible. If mold damage is already present, know that lowering the area’s moisture content will help stop the problem from spreading.
- Untreated water damage can be a major cause of mold growth. Addressing water damage is vital to inhibit mold growth.
- Porous materials, such as carpet or tile, should be discarded if contaminated. Your restoration company may be able to remove mold from hard surfaces.
- Mold damage might not always be visible. Mold can grow in dark crevices and behind large appliances. A musty odor could alert you of damage you can’t see.
- If the mold growth has exceeded more than 10 square feet, you should seek professional mold remediation services.
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