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Mold Prevention

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO STOP MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR HOUSE

  1. Control moisture. Keep the humidity level under 60 percent.
  2. Dry up wet materials quickly. It only takes mold two days to grow.
  3. Clean, disinfect, and dry surfaces prone to mold growth. A vapor steam cleaner may help.
  4. Repair leaks. Replace dilapidated old pipes. Fix leaks on the roof, walls, and foundation of the house. Unclog HVAC units drain regularly.
  5. Dry items thoroughly before storing them.
  6. Improve airflow at home. Start with opening closet doors more frequently and moving furniture far from walls to providing better ventilation to confined spaces. The more windows you can open, the better.
  7. Monitor your basement’s ventilation. Set up a foundation drain, put in a dehumidifier, insulate walls, set up a thermal plane, and let the entire room dry.

HOW TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH IN BATHROOM

  1. Invest in an effective fan for every bathroom at home. Vents can suck out the moisture in your bathroom and send it outside. Depending on the size of your bathroom, find a fan with the right cubic feet per minute (cfm).
  2. Use the fan properly. Turn the vent on during a bath or shower and leave it on for 30 minutes more after leaving the bathroom. Find a fan with a timer for your convenience.
  3. Use your squeegee. Make it a habit to dry up the shower walls or tub with a squeegee.
  4. Repair leaks. Once you notice leaks, fix them right away. Delaying repairs will only encourage mold to grow and take hold.
  5. Dry out everything in the bathroom. After using your sponges, loofahs, and product bottles, remove them from the shower and let them dry.
  6. Wash towels, rugs, and mat regularly.

Walls are a very common area for mold to grow, especially in damp environments such as basements, washrooms and laundry rooms. These are only tips if you decide to remediate the issue yourself but we recommend calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Pleasanton/Dublin at 925-426-2302.

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