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Mold Prevention in Your Home

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Mold has been recognized as a silent predator in homes across the country. In addition to damaging the heath of any inhabitants, mold can harm the looks and structure of your home. The good news is that mold can be fairly easy to prevent if the correct prevention methods are taken.

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows and thrives in particular environments. At best, certain types of molds are eyesores, and at worst, specific strains of mold can create severe health problems for people and animals coming into contact with them. Mold releases small spores that are airborne, spreading from place to place easily and quickly.

Where does mold grow?

Mold and mildew can grow anywhere that is humid and doesn’t get proper ventilation. Mold thrives in warm environments, so a bathroom, laundry room or any room with water damage is especially susceptible. If mold is already present in a home, it can be spread easily with airflow. A breeze can rapidly transport mold spores from one room to another, which can make it difficult to restore.

How can I prevent mold or mildew?

If sharing your home with mold doesn’t sound appealing, there are a few things you can do to stop this unwelcome roommate.

  • Prevent moisture- Mold feeds on moisture; prevent it from taking root by keeping rooms as dry as possible.
  • How to keep rooms dry- Use fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers to keep rooms dry and cool. It’s important only to use these if mold is not yet present. Introducing these to a room that already has a mold infestation can make the problem worse.
  • Repair leaks- Cut down on the water entering your home by repairing any leaks in the walls, ceilings or rain gutters.
  • Check humid rooms regularly- Look at your rooms that have moisture present on a regular schedule. If there is any sign of mold, contact a professional to get it tested.
  • Dry clothes- After washing clothes, dry them immediately. If hang drying clothes, bring them outside so they don’t contribute to the overall humidity of your house.
  • Create more sunlight- Mold thrives in damp, dark places. Open the blinds in rooms prone to humidity, or even create a new window so that rooms have more sunlight coming in.

What if I already have mold?

If there’s already mold present in your home, it’s important to get it tested. Call the professionals at Liberty Restoration to learn what sort of mold is present in your home, and what the best procedures are for removing it. Mold is not one size fits all, there are different tactics and methods for removing mold in homes, it’s important to leave the restoration to skilled technicians.

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