Water Damage? Steps to Prevent Mold Growth

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Water Damage? Steps to Prevent Mold Growth

Unchecked mold in your home could lead to having to evacuate your home for days, weeks, and sometimes, for months at a time. If vacating a mold-infested home isn’t an option, the CDC offers these suggestions on minimizing your exposure to mold.

If you think you might have a mold problem, please contact a professional mold remediation company like Bactronix of Colorado for help.

Mold prevention is easier than mold remediation, and a lot less costly. This article will help you know what to do to stop mold from being a problem in your home. Some of the tips below are good tips to follow to prevent mold. All of the tips below are relevant to preventing mold should you have some sort of event, like broken plumbing, that creates the potential for mold in your home.

Find and Remove Sources for Moisture

Mold needs a moist environment to thrive. It needs a water source so check your home for damp areas. Basements, attics, crawl spaces – these are ideal places for mold to start if water or excess humidity is present.

Check the dark, out-of-sight corners and areas of your kitchen and bathrooms, too. If you find damp surfaces, there must be a water source somewhere. It is important to find the source of the moisture. Leaky plumbing, poorly ventilated areas where condensation can build up, and poorly draining foundations are potential sources for moisture.

Don't Forget to Check Carpet, Upholstery and Furniture

Carpet, upholstery, and furniture can trap moisture and become breeding grounds for mold. If you have had problems with moisture in your home, do a thorough inspection of carpets and furniture nearby. If you find that you must do some mold remediation, ask your provider to check your rugs and furniture to ensure mold isn’t hiding in the carpet or couch. A good mold inspection should include these things.

Dry Everything

You’ve checked for moisture and water sources, you checked your carpet and furniture, next, dry everything as soon as possible. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-hours. Vacuum up any standing water and consider renting industrial fans and dehumidifiers to keep air flowing and help the area to dry more quickly. As long as the outside air quality is good, opening windows an help improve the airflow and hasten the drying process.

Take any removable cushions off of any furniture to make sure they are well dried out. You can place things out side in the sun to help speed the drying process but make sure your cushions are fade resistant! Colorado sunlight can be strong!

Keep Your Home Well Ventilated and Dry

This point speaks to the larger issue of indoor air quality. Along with mold spores, other factors should be considered. Radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and formaldehyde, can be trapped in poorly ventilated homes. Other particles and microbes can contribute to poorer indoor air quality, odors, and respiratory issues. And don't forget the pets who can bring in pollen and mold spores on their fur!

If you have taken steps to prevent mold from growing in the first place, but still are worried about mold or have a musty smell remaining, have a professional from Bactronix come out and conduct a mold inspection. Bactronix experts can diagnose mold issues and other factors that impact your indoor air quality. They will recommend remediation steps to help you improve the health of your home.

We Care About You and Your Quality of Life

If you are unsure about the presence of mold in your home, or if you would like to talk about ways to improve your indoor air quality, contact us today. Bactronix of Colorado is here to serve. As one of the best mold remediation companies in the Denver area, we will work to protect your home and family against mold and its possible health consequences.

Trust Bactronix of Colorado to take care of your disinfecting and mold remediation. Call us today to schedule an assessment!


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