How To Prevent Mold and When To Pursue Mold Remediation

How To Prevent Mold and When To Pursue Mold Remediation

Mold should never go untreated.  If you notice you have mold in your home, or have a suspicion that there is mold hiding in your residential or commercial property, it would benefit you to contact a professional mold remediation company like 1st Choice Solutions  to inspect the property and give you the information you need to be mold free. 

If you are worried about mold popping up in your home or business, this is a perfectly natural concern. Luckily there are some tried and true practices to prevent mold growth in your home that we can suggest for you.

Maintain A Good Humidity Level

Humidity is an important factor within our homes that most people don’t think about. Not only can high humidity levels affect the structure of your property and negatively impact your health, but it can enable mold to grow and thrive. The optimal level of indoor humidity is between thirty percent and fifty percent. Mold is found in damp places, and high humidity provides mold with enough moisture to spread and grow. If you live in an area with particularly high humidity, it may benefit you to use a dehumidifier to keep things at a normal and healthy level

Open Windows

Circulation is a great deterrent for mold growth. Keeping your windows open not only can improve the feel of your home and let in fresh air, it also improves ventilation, which inhibits mold growth. This can also assist with balancing that humidity level we discussed previously. 

Use Your Exhaust Fans

When you are cooking, boiling water, or showering, the hot water can create steam and vapor. You want to avoid that vapor build up as much as possible in order to not create that damp and humid environment that mold is looking for. This is why you can generally find exhaust fans in your kitchen as well as in your bathroom. Be sure to run these fans while cooking or when  running steamy water. You may also have access to ceiling fans or a fan within your AC unit. There are pros and cons to running these fans  constantly, but they can help with ventilation which can discourage mold growth.

Address Leaks And Spills Right Away

This may seem like a basic concept, but it’s still important to be aware of. If you have standing water (or any liquid, for that matter) or a leaky pipe, it’s important that you address these right away. Standing water can be a hazard and can cause someone to slip and fall, while leaks can cause your water bills to go up, pipe corrosion, and more damage to your home. We may sound like a broken record, but any area with excessive water is bad news when it comes to the possibility of mold growth. 

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As you can see, there are 2 factors you will want to monitor when trying to keep your residential or commercial property mold free: moisture and circulation. These simple practices can be very successful when it comes to mold prevention. If you notice that your home is more humid than suggested, or the air is stagnant and circulates poorly, it may be time to consider an inspection for mold. Mold remediation is a complex task, and should be handled by professionals in order to prevent the mold from spreading through the household or business. If you are experiencing mold damage and are in need of mold removal and remediation, contact 1st Choice Solutions right away.