Preventing Mold Growth
Mold, the very word causes people to cringe. It does not take much for mold to grow, but there are ways you can help prevent the growth from starting and spreading.
The Washington State Department of Health has some handy tips for preventing mold growth.
- Stop water leaks, repair leaky roofs and plumbing. Keep water away from concrete slabs and basement walls.
- Open windows and doors to increase air flow in your home, especially along the inside of exterior walls. Use a fan if there are not windows available.
- Make sure that warm air flows into all areas of the home.
- Install and use exhaust fans in bathroom, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
- Ventilate and insulate attics and crawl spaces.
- Clean and dry water damaged carpets, clothing, bedding, and upholstered furniture within 24 – 48 hours, or consider removing and replacing damaged furnishings.
- Vacuum and clean your home regularly to remove mold spores.
- Check around your windows for signs of condensation or water droplets. Wipe them up right away so mold can’t grow.
Taking the necessary precautions now can save a lot of time and money for future remediation.