Mold....Truth be Told
SERVPRO of Sussex County is a leading local mold restoration provider. Our office receives many calls throughout the year regarding this concern. We also find that there is much misinformation that feeds into a general fear and misperception about growth suspected as mold. Hopefully, some factual information will give some new perspective on this issue.
Growth suspected as mold can grow in warm, damp and humid conditions. Mold reproduces and spreads by making spores. Mold can be good – such as penicillin and it can also be harmful. Typically, if you control moisture – you will control growth suspected as mold. Moisture control can be achieved through the following protocol:
- Identify potential problem areas in your home that could provide the wet environment which mold needs to start and thrive. Areas such as your basement, windows and entry points may leak and these areas should be corrected.
- Dry problem areas immediately. Generally, it takes mold 24 to 48 hours to form; so a quick drying effort will deter such a problem. Also – do not leave wet items lying around your house.
- Proper Ventilation is the key to moisture control. High moisture areas such as kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms should have adequate ventilation and air flow to maintain dry conditions.
- Equip your home with mold resistant products. Mold resistant drywall and paint are valuable toward mold prevention.
- Monitor indoor humidity. You can purchase a moisture meter to measure from your local hardware store.
- Maintain a water free perimeter around your home. Keep gutters clean and flowing properly away from the structure. Also, make sure your roof is structurally sound.
- Allow and improve air flow inside your home.
- Check indoor plants for mold and clean them if found. Mold loves plants – moist soil is a breeding ground for mold.
Another important tip is to educate yourself about your local climate and be aware of peak times and conditions for high humidity. If you feel that you have a mold problem; please call SERVPRO of Sussex County at 302-856-9768.