28 Nov How To: Prevent Mold in Your Home
Mold development is a common issue for many South Florida homeowners. Oftentimes, mold growth goes unnoticed until it becomes a bigger problem.
Mold typically grows on organic materials that thrive in warm temperatures and create excess moisture. Aiding in decomposition, mold has the potential to break down walls or wood flooring. By forming on moist surfaces, mold can appear brown, black, gray-green, gray, or sometimes white. They commonly produce a moldy, musty, or ammonia-like scent.
Follow these four simple tips to prevent mold from taking over your home:
1. Routine Cleaning
Disinfecting maintenance kills the small concentration of mold build up around your home. Regular routine cleanings with bleach can help in preventing mold before it grows.
If you prefer a safer method to disinfecting, some people opt for using vapor steam cleaners for a more practical approach to getting in the nitty-gritty areas of the home that are prone to mold growth.
2. Keep Dry
When performing routine cleanings, remember to properly dry any surfaces where mold can form. In the early stages of growth, mold spreads by releasing thousands of tiny spores that travel on air currents, attaching themselves to any areas that are damp enough.
If you have experienced a flood, be sure to remove any carpet, bedding, and furniture damaged by water. The perimeter around bathtubs, sinks, and other moist surfaces are areas of the home that require special attention, as water residue can lead to mold growth.
3. Cool Down
Air circulation plays an important role in preventing mold growth. Your HVAC system not only cools your air but also cleans the air and removes any excess moisture.
Snowbirds often dread returning to their South Florida home in fear of mold buildup. Many people forget that keeping your air conditioning running at high temperatures (or completely turned off) can lead to humidity buildup and mold growth.
Set your air conditioning between 75 and 80 degrees, but do not turn your air conditioning off while you’re away. This will help reduce monthly energy costs and prevent mold buildup on walls and carpets.
For older homes with humidistats, change your settings to read 60, which will pull the humidity out of the air and protect against mold and mildew.
4. Check for Leaks
Leaks and plumbing problems are most susceptible to mold spreading like wildfire between every nook and cranny. Be sure to repair any pipes or leaking crevices that will likely deteriorate and cause mold to form on hard-to-reach surfaces.
Mold Remediation & Restoration in South Florida
If you’ve lost the battle against mold despite taking the necessary precautions, it might be time to call the professionals at Insurance Repair Specialists. The IRS-Repair team has the experience and training needed to effectively remove mold and other potentially dangerous waste from your property once and for all.
If you suspect your residential or commercial property has a mold problem, Insurance Repair Specialists provides fast and effective mold removal and hazardous waste disposal solutions to residents of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. To learn more about property restoration and mold damage, contact us today at (954) 725-2895.