Preventing Mold and Mildew, Best Practices
Indoor mold has the power to damage building materials and finishes. Like weeds, mold spreads, growing on surfaces like walls, ceilings, and tile grout. Fortunately, mold growth can be stopped and SERVPRO of St. Augustine can help you determine how to prevent mold growth in the future.
Mold loves moisture and cannot thrive without it. Mold often develops in areas where there has been water damage from a broken pipe, leaking window or roof, or after a basement flood. Many homes develop mold issues in bathrooms without adequate ventilation and closets that share a wall with those bathrooms. Mold causes the deterioration of ceiling tiles, grout, caulking around tubs and showers, and it destroys any type of paperboard quickly.
How to Stop Mold
The key to eradicating mold indoors is to cut off its moisture supply. Mold thrives in moist, humid conditions. Eliminate those conditions and you can stop mold growth and prevent its return. Quick extraction of flood water is the first step. Whether it’s seepage from foundation cracks, a leaky roof or a broken water line, that standing water needs to be removed quickly.
After any standing water is removed, the drying and dehumidification process can begin. Remember, it’s all about removing moisture, including excess moisture in the air as well. Dehumidifiers and fans can be a great help during this part of the mold removal process.
Area rugs will need to be removed, cleaned and dried and wall-to-wall carpeting may need professional cleaning to remove all traces of mold and musty odors. Depending on the situation, furniture, draperies and other upholstered items also may need cleaning. Remove any cardboard boxes that have been contaminated with mold and only transfer their contents after everything has been inspected and treated for mold growth.
In the bathroom: For mold issues in bathrooms, make sure the room has a working exhaust fan (which usually installed in the ceiling near the light fixture). Run the exhaust fan whenever anyone takes a shower or a bath to reduce as much humidity (moisture) from the air. Wipe down bath and shower tiles after use to keep moisture to a minimum and inhibit the growth of mold.
Contact the mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO of St. Augustine; with more than 39 years of experience, we have the expertise to deal with mold safely. You won’t have to worry about mold spreading to other areas of your home or it affecting your family and pets during the remediation process.