Everyone knows what mold is – and that mold is dangerous. And while that’s true to a certain extent, there is a lot of misleading and conflicting information out there on the specifics of mold in your home. So much so, that the average home owner will trust any mold remediation specialist who knows a few facts about mold. People often fear what they don’t understand – and that’s why, at Dynamic Remediation Solutions, part of our goal is educating you on the ins and outs of moisture remediation, so you know that your home is being handled correctly in the event of mold or water damage.
So, we’ve put together a list of some important facts about mold, with the intent to demystify those pesky spores.
1. Mold can sometimes cause health issues with symptoms like allergic reactions, asthma, and various other respiratory complaints.
- Eliminating all mold spores in the home is impossible. The only way to effectively control mold growth is through moisture control.
- If you have an issue with mold in your home, you need to properly clean the mold and eliminate the source of moisture.
- Mold is often caused by inefficient venting, active leaks, undetected or previous leaks or high humidity.
- Dehumidifiers can be an effective and cost efficient way to reduce moisture in your home. You can also reduce moisture by doing the following:
Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture generating appliances directly to the outside of your house.
Increasing overall ventilation with fans, and open windows.
Always use the exhaust fan when cooking, washing dishes or cleaning the kitchen.
- Make sure to thoroughly clean and dry damp or wet materials and furniture within 24-48 hours to make sure mold can’t grow.
- The best way to clean mold off of hard surfaces is with water and detergent. But absorbent materials might need to be replaced all together.
- Condensation is a huge contributor to moisture in older homes with single pane windows, adding insulation or weather stripping can help prevent moisture.
- Where water and moisture are regularly used, don’t install carpet. This means around sinks, in bathrooms, near kitchens or in laundry rooms.
- Mold can truly be found anywhere, and it can grow on almost any surface as long as there is moisture. The best way to prevent mold in the first place, is to reduce moisture as much as possible.So, there you have it – now you’re smarter than most people when it comes to mold! And while reducing moisture is definitely the first step to being mold-free, sometimes you just don’t catch it in time. So, if you have a mold or moisture problem that needs fixing, it’s time to call in the professionals. Contact us today to get a free quote on mold removal and moisture remediation solutions!