Mold is nasty stuff. It’s annoying, ugly, and smelly. Furthermore (and even worse), it’s damaging to structures and can be harmful to your health. There are many different kinds, all of which have the potential to do damage in some way or another. Mold is incredibly common because it takes little for mold to grow. All mold spores really need is a moist environment that has a hard time drying. Therefore, many people experience the unfortunate effects of mold growth. Once you have it, it can be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to get rid of. Mold really is the worst.
If you’re like most homeowners, even the thought of mold in your Camden County home makes you shutter a little bit. We at Mastertech Environmental have a few tips to help you avoid mold in your home in the future.
Tips For Mold Prevention
- Clean and ventilate your bathroom. Areas that are often wet in your home (in the bathroom or elsewhere) are common targets for mold because it can start to grow in as little as 48 hours on a moist surface. Use products that have mold-killing chemicals in them, or a steam cleaner if you dislike harsh chemicals. Be sure to dry adequately after you clean things as well; don’t leave things wet unless you are sure that any moisture will evaporate within a few hours. Trapped water is dangerous. In addition, make sure you have a working bathroom fan for when you shower or bathe, and use it! In addition, ventilate your kitchen when you cook and do what you can to encourage good air circulation through your home all the time.
- Clean up potential water damage immediately. If anything is broken or leaky, you have a problem that ought to be fixed as soon as possible to avoid water damage and mold growth in your home. Be proactive by routinely checking your appliances that use lots of water. Replace hoses if they look damaged, discolored, or brittle.
- Monitor the moisture in the air. If you live in a humid climate or if the walls of your home tend to trap water, invest in a good dehumidifier to prevent water from being just soaked up into the surfaces of your home. This may be true and necessary for certain areas of your home (like moist basements) and not for others.
- Frequently clean your rain gutters and repair them as needed. Standing water can erode away your gutters and roof, causing water damage and mold growth very quickly. Effort into maintaining your gutters is an investment for the future.
If you have already experienced damage from mold in your home, prevent future damage by making sure you clean up existing mold growth properly. Improperly handling situations that do arise can cause mold to grow and fester when you think you’ve cleaned it up. If you have questions, call a professional for help and peace of mind It is important to have someone on your side who knows what they are doing when it comes to mold remediation and uses a thorough process in restoration. Mastertech Environmental specializes in mold restoration (a unique and important selling point) and uses a thorough, step-by-step process to restore your home. For mold emergencies in Camden County, they ought to be your first call and most trusted resource.