Eight Things to Know about Mold
Mold is everywhere. The mold spores are microscopic and float on the slightest air currents. These spores may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet and land in an area with moisture and a comfortable temperature. This typically includes every damp place in your home. Here are Eight Things to Know about Mold and how to prevent mold growth in your home.
1. Allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints can be potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure.
2. Mold is everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Controlling moisture or humidity is the way to control mold growth.
3. If mold is a problem the source of the moisture must be eliminated and the mold remediated.
4. To prevent mold, repair the the source of the water problem or leak immediately.
5. To decrease mold, reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) by:
-Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
-Use air conditioners and de-humidifiers
-Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Depending on the size of the leak and the mold, this may require a water restoration company, a mold remediation company or both.
7. Add insulation to prevent condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, piping, exterior walls, roof or floors.
8. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
If you find that you have mold or a recent water event, contact JW Home Care for a professional free estimate. You can never be too careful with the health of your family.