Moisture and organic materials are the main things mold need to grow in your home. There are plenty of organic materials in your house such as wood, drywall, and other building parts. Although you cannot get rid of these materials just to prevent mold growth, moisture can be controlled. Therefore, keeping the moisture low inside your house is the best way to prevent mold. Here are some additional tips for preventing mold to grow in your home.
Often, most molds will require 48 hours moisture to start growing. If your house is recently a victim of flooding and is wet for 48 hours, then you’re at high risk of having mold problem.
Prevent Water Leaks
There are other reasons why mold grow indoors aside from moisture. Also, there are many reasons why there is high moisture inside your home and one of them is water leaks. This includes leaking water pipes, holes in the roof, and leaking shower in the bathroom. If you see leaks inside your home, take immediate action to fix them. If you don’t see leaks but suspect there is due to mold growth, inspect your home from the roof down the attic, the kitchen, bathrooms, and the basement.
Moisture can be the result of condensation. It occurs on cold surfaces when the water vapor in the air colds and turns to liquid. Often, condensation is common on metal water pipes, water tanks, windows, and concrete walls. The easiest way in reducing condensation is keeping the room temperature warmer. This can be done by adding insulation. Another way is insulating surfaces such metal pipes. Keeping humidity in your home at low level can prevent condensation too.
Mold Abatement and Remediation
Clean mold food sources to prevent them from growing. Mold feeds on organic sources such as cotton and wood. It does not grow on glass or plastic unless there is grease or organic substance present on the surface.
Other materials at home where mold can grow include leather, books, fabrics, paint, wallpaper, chipboard, insulation, paper, furniture, ceiling tiles, and inside your HVAC systems. You must clean these areas or surfaces regularly to get rid of dirt and grime where mold can grow. Vacuum often using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filer cleaner. This gives you assurance that dust and other airborne particles are removed. Mold abatement pros agree that 80% of mold grow from dust.
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