Useful Tips in Creating a Mold-Free Environment

We'll start off by saying this outright: there's no such thing as a mold-proof home. Mold in its early stage and mildew are fungi that grow in moisture-rich areas and serve an important environmental purpose by helping in the decaying process of organic materials such as leaves and fruit to enrich the soil. However, that very same purpose can cause serious health issues for humans, especially the elderly, infants and children, pregnant women and those with existing respiratory conditions that can be exacerbated by its presence.

Mold requires three things in order to live and thrive: moisture, air, and food -- not for you, but for them. Dust, plant fibers, fabrics and starches are all very attractive things for mold cultures. If you have areas in your home that have experienced or are prone to water damage or high humidity, such as a damp crawlspace or basement, you might want to have these places checked for toxic mold and mildew growth. It can grow on wood and wood products, ceiling tile, cardboard boxes exposed to water, drywall, carpets, fabric, and insulation material. They develop on damp surfaces and produce spores that travel through the air, breaking down and destroying whatever they're growing on and subsequently become a health risk for you and the other occupants of your home.

In order to prevent the growth of mold in your home, here are a few reminders.

Control the level of moisture in your home -- including relative humidity. Keep your basement space heated up to 60 degrees in the cooler seasons and refrain from over-humidifying your home. Remember, moisture is one of the things mold needs in order to survive, so controlling the amount of it you have in your home is your foremost defense against it ever growing to alarming levels in the first place. Keep your gutters clean and make sure to always check areas prone to water damage and remedy them as soon as possible. Have someone come in and plug in leaks as soon as they are discovered, and don't water your indoor plants too much.

Mold eats through organic materials in order to break them down and facilitate the decaying process. Your basement is essentially a mold playground. In order to prevent mold growth, elevate cardboard boxes from concrete floors and keep them away from places where they could be affected by water, such as foundations. Consider using metal or plastic shelving to organize your basement, as mold can grow on wood. Finally, keep your basement clean -- an accumulation of dust down there is not a good idea.

Conduct a thorough examination and cleaning of your air-conditioning systems annually. Air-conditioning systems attract mold again due to the involved moisture, and you never know if it might be spitting out mold spores along with your cold air. Clean it out and keep it clean by maintaining a regular schedule.

If you discover a major leak or experience flooding in your home, clean it up as soon as you can in order to prevent the growth of mold. Soaked carpets, padding and upholstery should be removed and dried thoroughly. Wash and disinfect all areas before replacing them.

Finally, as soon as you see mold, get rid of it. There are a number of commercial products available that will enable you to remove mold from hard surfaces. Soap, water, and bleach can also be used. And if the problem seems too daunting for you to handle alone, consider calling a professional mold remediation service in.

If you need assistance with mold-related problems, we at MacKenzie Restoration are here to help. Residents in San Antonio, Texas recognize us as the go-to industry leader when it comes to mold remediation. For more information regarding our services, please call us at 855-982-9654 or leave us a message on our Contact Us page.