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How to Prevent Mold from Returning in your Home
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For homeowners who have recently undergone mold remediation services, there are preventive measures that you can take to help keep mold from returning in your home. Here are some proactive steps that you can take to keep mold away for good:
- Identify areas where there is a moisture problem and correct it—basements and other areas that are prone to moist air can benefit immensely from the presence of a dehumidifier. For low-lying areas, sump pumps provide an additional line of protection by removing excess water automatically. Take note of any moisture you notice in your home. This can include dark spots on ceilings that indicate a leaky roof, or musty smells inside a closet. Fixing water leaks and replacing decaying wood can go a long way toward keeping your home free of unwanted fungi.
- Dry wet areas as soon as possible—if water gets into your home, remove it as soon as possible. For example, if you have water in your basement from a burst plumbing pipe or a heavy rainstorm, then dry out the area immediately before there is time for mold to take root. Even seemingly mundane things like leaving wet clothes in the washer for a few days can be an invitation for mold.
- Keep out moisture with proper ventilation—appliances that produce moisture, like clothes dryers and stoves, should vent outside. You should check your AC unit periodically to ensure that it is not generating moisture. If it is leaking, dripping, or the coils are covered in condensate, then you probably need to call an HVAC repair service.
- Use mold-resistant building materials whenever possible—this may be impossible in already existing homes, but if you are remodeling, building an addition, or building a custom home, then it is a good way to stay one step ahead of mold. There are newer varieties of drywall and Sheetrock that are paperless instead of gypsum covered with paper, they use fiberglass instead. This creates a highly water-resistant surface, and mold cannot break down and metabolize it. This is especially useful in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and other areas where moisture is more likely to occur.
Keep your indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. Consider using dehumidifiers if your home is humid, and you notice a lot of water condensing near windows and pipes.
More often, mold can be self-treated. Nevertheless, it takes more than just a simple wipe-down with a wet cloth. This might effectively remove some of the unsightly black marks, but it does nothing to clear away the spores. You will find that over a few days or weeks, the mold will grow back in the same place. You may have even exacerbated the issue by wetting the walls. This perceived stubbornness could be the reason why so many homeowners are terrified by the appearance of mold. They may think that because it grows back, then it is indicative of a deeper issue with the house. However, the likely issue is that the mold is just not being treated as aggressively as it should. A mix of detergent or bleach as home remedy must be used to eradicate the spores, and ventilation needs to be improved to prevent the issue from recurring. The ways you can treat and prevent mold growth include:
- Using a fan to improve circulation
- Replacing air filters
- Keep walls and soft furnishings dry
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the house's humidity below 60%
- Wipe away condensation from walls and windows
- Insulate cold surfaces
If mold problem exists in a home that you intend to buy is significant, then you would be best advised to hire SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals to clean away the mold. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends leaving cleanups to the professionals when the mold growth exceeds 10 square feet.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial
Routine cleaning of the environment including floors, toilet, locker room, bathing facilities, and furniture is necessary to produce conditions that inhibit the development and possible spread of infections. The advantages and disadvantages of the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial are as follows:
- The solutions are basically inexpensive, easy to use, and widely applied in food processing areas, locker rooms, toilet, and bath areas as well as garbage storage areas.
- The product is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, it acts as a virucide and fungicide, and it inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.
- Some formulations of this product are used as sanitizer-cleaner solutions for cleaning and disinfecting environmental areas in one step.
- Formulations are made using this antimicrobial along with muriatic acid as a toilet bowl cleaner to remove iron and scale stains and sanitize simultaneously.
- The solutions are deactivated through contact with soaps, anionic detergents, and heavy soil accumulations.
- Antimicrobial activity is good against gram-positive organisms, but more limited against gram-negative organisms.
How to Prevent Mold
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The key to preventing mold is moisture control. Mold cannot grow without excessive moisture in your home. Experts generally advise keeping the humidity levels in your home below 55%. You can use a hygrometer to monitor your humidity levels.
Give your home a thorough checkup to identify any issues that might contribute to future mold growth and correct any problems as soon as possible. Hire a professional to assist you if you are unsure how to make the necessary repairs. It will be well worth the cost, because you will save so much money in health care, home repair, and mold removal expenses in the future.
- Window frames—check around all window frames to ensure that they seal tightly and no water seeps in.
- Sinks, toilets, and tubs—check under and around all sinks, toilets, and tubs for any leaking water. Install water leak sensors in these areas to alert you early to any leaks.
- Hot water heaters—check around your hot water heater for any leaking water. This is another good place to install a water leak sensor.
- Roofs—examine your ceilings for signs of a leaky roof. Sometimes you cannot see signs of leakage from inside the house until the problem worsens. Hire a professional to get up on the roof and inspect it for you if you are unsure how to inspect it.
- Bathrooms—check for adequate ventilation especially when showering. If the room gets really steamy when you shower, then turn on an exhaust fan or crack open a window. If you do not have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, then you may need to install one.
- Basement—try the sniff test. Is there a musty odor in the basement? If so, there may be mold present. Purchase a dehumidifier if the basement smells damp or musty.
- Attic—also try the sniff test in the attic. There may be mold in the attic if there have been any leaks in your roof. If not, keep a hygrometer in your attic to measure humidity levels. A hygrometer transmits the humidity level to the main unit so you can monitor your attic humidity levels very easily.
In addition, you can prevent mold by:
- Wiping up any water spills promptly.
- Using a fan to help dry any damp carpet as soon as possible
- Keeping windows tightly closed when it is raining outside
- Using exhaust fans in the bathroom when showering and in the kitchen when cooking
- Wiping showers, shower curtains, tubs, and so forth dry with a towel after use
- Keeping an eye out for signs of mold and addressing any problems promptly
- Installing a solar fan in your attic so that you have good air circulation there all year round.
Mold Removal Process
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Mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business whenever there is a water intrusion, such as a roof leak, leaking water line, and busted pipe. Your local SERVPRO® of Panthersville has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problems. Mold can cause major health problems if left untreated. However, every mold damage scenario is different, which requires a unique solution. SERVPRO® of Panthersville helps satisfy the needs of insurers and property owners by providing reliable and consistent services. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:
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The mold remediation and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Panthersville. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment and personnel needed.
The property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.
Containing the Mold
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated areas with physical barriers to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Our Technicians use specialized filtration equipment that captures microscopic (mold that is invisible with the naked eye) mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are also be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. By removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, such as drywall and flooring may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. It may also require major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Does Your Home or Business have Mold Problems?
Mold can spread through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. Call us today at (678) 515-8602 if you see signs of mold.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, namely, both indoors and outdoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation service reduces mold spores count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.
Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, which is, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, AC/heating systems, or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture, and they can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation begins, all sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and it can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Mold can cause severe health effects and significantly damages your property.
If your home or business has mold problems, then we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestations.
Mold Contamination Safety
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Mold contamination poses health risks for workers and home occupants. Health reactions can develop from inhaling, ingesting, and touching mold spores or fragments. Molds may produce toxigenic mycotoxins that can potentially affect some persons although the mold spores are dead or dormant. There are specific precautionary procedures that should be followed when mitigating mold contaminations. Individuals are required to wear the following safety equipment attires when working in extensively contaminated environments:
- Protective equipment—this includes full-body suits, and rubber and latex gloves. Employees should receive safety training before remediation work begins.
- Splash goggles—eye protection should be worn to protect the eyes from burns or punctures from flying particles or corrosive substances. Mold spores can infect the mucous membranes of the eyes in extensive mold contaminated environments, and so goggles may be required for protection.
- Respirator—the type of respirator and filter should be selected based on the hazards to which workers are exposed. Workers may wear either half-face or full-face respirators, and even powered air purifying respirators that supply air to the water damage restoration professional’s full-face mask. Respirators used for mold remediation can be equipped with combination cartridges, which includes both HEPA particulate filters and organic vapor filters to protect against mold spores, mycotoxins, and mVOCs.