How to Prevent Mold Damage in your Home

Killer bees, harmful pesticides, rowdy neighbors, violent storms, and messy children. There are a lot of risk factors out there that put your home in danger. Mold may be on the bottom of your list of worries, but should not go unchecked. With its ability to cause sickness and destruction to the structure of your home, mold is a risk that should be taken very seriously. If left undetected, it will continue to destroy and rack up large amounts of repair costs. The best way to deal with mold is to be proactive. Here are some ways to lower your home’s risk for mold.

Keep moisture in check

The key to preventing mold in your home is concentrating on keeping condensation down. Find a setting on your thermostat that is cool enough to eliminate humidity, while also keeping surfaces warm enough to prevent condensation. Houselogic recommends keeping it at 78 degrees fahrenheit. You can purchase an indoor humidity monitor so you are aware of added moisture. The relative humidity in your home should fall between 35% and 50%. If it reaches over 60%, you can start searching for the source of excess water in your home. You may also want to check your AC unit to make sure it’s eliminating the moisture in seasons of high humidity.

Prevent standing water

Your eyes are your biggest ally in fighting mold. Doing a regular check for standing water under sinks, near kitchen appliances, in basements, and crawl spaces can stop the development of mold. Adding a plastic base to your crawl spaces can also help keep moisture in the ground. Lowe’s recommends checking for leaks and cracks in plumbing every 6 to 12 months to prevent water damage, which can quickly turn into mold damage. Taking extra care to ventilate bathrooms is always a good idea. A dehumidifier may not be necessary in Tucson’s dry climate, but can be helpful during monsoon season.

Keep it clutter free

The early signs of mold damage are often ignored because they can’t be seen. In areas such as your basement, where there may be a collection of stored items, mold can easily hide behind piles of unused boxes. Keeping your home organized and walls visible and accessible is important in the fights against mold. Increases in your water bill, stains on walls and ceilings, peeling paint or wallpaper can all be signs of water damage and mold.

For more tips on keeping your home safe, or help with restoring your home call Brewer Restoration in Tucson.

Mold Remediation: Stopping Mold in its Tracks

One of the long lasting effects of water damage is the fuzzy trail it leaves behind. Mold is not only a visual eyesore, but a health concern as well. It can be toxic and have an adverse effect on occupant’s health if not addressed right away. Identifying mold in your home can be tricky. You can check out our previous blog, “Signs There is Mold in Your Mist,” for tips on finding mold in your home. Once it is located, it’s important to come up with a remediation plan. You can call a professional, such as Brewer Restoration, to help develop this plan. Here are some of the essential steps.

Eliminate all the moisture

In order to put a stop to mold growth, you’ve got to find the source of the moisture. In the case of flooding, it can be obvious, while pipe damage and sewer backup can cause damage in unseen areas. Your local professional will have equipment to not only clean up the excess water, but to dehumidify the air. The relative humidity should be kept below 65 percent to prevent further mold development. Water can be hiding behind walls and in cracks in your house’s structure, professionals will have a moisture detector to eliminate every drop.

Test the environment

After the moisture is gone, the next step is assessing the damage. It may be helpful to take pictures of troubled areas to help identify what kinds of mold are present. Next, determine the size of the effected area. If the mold has spread to a large portion of your home or business, an evacuation may be necessary while the experts remove the mold. The New York City Department of Health classifies mold remediation into three areas: small isolated areas less than 10 square feet, medium sized 10-100 square feet, and large areas of 100 square feet or greater. Remediation can vary depending on the area size, but in general, the areas should be isolated, dust should be removed or suppressed with moisture, items should be tossed if they are porous, and cleaned if they aren’t. A wet vacuum, used to absorb moisture can be used as well as a HEPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Air vacuum for final mold removal.

Mold can seem like an overwhelming problem, but with the right help a remediation plan can help save the day. Contact Brewer Restoration in Tucson for all your mold remediation needs.

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