If you’ve already had a mold problem in your home, you know the time, energy, and health costs that come with mold growth. It’s time to make sure that it doesn’t come back and, more importantly, that the underlying causes of mold in the first place are dealt with. Regardless of the size of your mold problem or if you had to call in the professionals for removal, the only thing worse than a mold problem is dealing with it a second time.
Monitor Your Mold Danger Zones
As we’ve talked about before in our blog, How to Tell If You Have a Mold Problem, mold has ideal conditions under which it grows – namely moisture. Here are the three most common places to find mold growth:
- Basements: Basements – particularly unfinished basements – have several sources of humidity. Potential leaks from pipes, water heaters, basins, and appliances; weeping moisture from outside; and changing temperatures from a lack of heating a cooling to bring condensation.
- Attics & Crawlspaces: Hot air rises – and contains moisture from your home. Without proper ventilation, this moist, hot air will condense against ceiling and insulation, creating standing water and mold problems.
- Bathrooms: Having and using ventilation in bathrooms is critical to keeping mold at bay. Without it, your regular baths and showers will create and feed mold, which can be hard to remove from finished surfaces.
Control Moisture Leaks and Humidity
The goal here is to remove water from the equation. There are two primary methods: ventilating and dehumidifying. For attics and crawl spaces, ventilation can allow the moisture-bound air to escape. For basements with moisture problems, regular inspections should be done to avoid drips and leaks and running a dehumidifier can keep your basements nice and dry.
Prevent Water Damage Before It Starts
If your mold growth was started by water damage, it’s time to take measures against it. This includes things like proofing your roof against ice dams, installing a sump pump in the basement, and mitigating flooding risks.
Make sure to know about the health risks of mold in your home and why it’s so important to remove and prevent comebacks by checking out our blog: Five Molds to Look Out For in Your Home. Need help dealing with mold? Fiber Control, Inc. is a full-service hazardous material inspection and remediation service, including asbestos, mold, and lead. Contact us today, and we’ll help you deal with your issues in your home or business.