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What can I do to prevent mold?

There is an old saying that goes, ”Prevention is better than cure.”

And when it comes to mold, this definitely applies. The longer that a mold problem exists in a building, the more damage and the more costly it will be to remove the mold and restore things to their original condition. By the time we finally see it on surfaces of our home, the chances are that it may have also spread into areas that are out of sight.

The best thing we can do is take steps to hopefully prevent mold, or at least minimize it’s grown.

Mold needs only two basic ingredients to flourish, and they are heat and humidity. By reducing the humidity in your residence or business, you have already done a lot to prevent the possible problem from raising its head.

But you may also be asking yourself, what other things can I do to help prevent mold from occurring?

Recommendations to help prevent mold

There is no 100% guarantee that you can stop the occurrence of mold, but there is much you can do in an effort for it not to get its hold on your property. Here are a few suggested tips.

Leaks:

Check your property regularly for signs of leaks in pipes, shower, faucets and roof. Fix these problems ASAP.

Condensation:

Take steps to reduce condensation which commonly occurs in places like bathrooms and kitchens. These rooms should have good ventilation and/or have extraction fans installed
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Humidity:

If possible, open windows regularly to allow clean air in and stale air out. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are your friends in combating mold problems.

Laundry:

Washing clothes and using a dryer can increase the humidity in a home significantly. It’s suggested that the dryer has an air vent leading outside so that the damp air is not kept inside. The laundry area needs to be well ventilated.

Spores:

Mold procreates by means of spores in the air, or which is often found in the dust which collects in our homes. Regular dusting and vacuuming is thus advised.

Dark places:

Mold loves growing in dark places, so open the curtains and let the sunshine in!
For more things that you can do to help prevent the spread of mold in your home, check out these Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips from the EPA – http://www.epa.gov/mold

Remember, these tips are geared towards helping prevent mold from forming in the first place. Keep in mind that once mold is present, it can spread rapidly and can result in not only damage to your property, but also a wide variety of health issues.

If you suspect that you have a mold problem that is bigger than can be handled on your own, or if you are not sure whether the mold in your building is toxic, it is strongly advised that you contact a professional who specializes in mold testing and assessment.

RSI offers Environment Hygienist Testing, Source of Water Intrusion Investigation, Mold Remediation, and complete replacement of all damaged areas.

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