Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Some molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. When excessive water accumulates in buildings or building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.
According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) is essential to know some facts about mold, such as:
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
• Venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
• Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
• Increasing ventilation
• Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
6. Clean and dry any damp building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials, such as moldy ceiling tiles, may need to be replaced.
8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
9. Do not install carpeting in areas with a perpetual moisture problem (i.e., by drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
Moisture problems may include:
• Roof leaks
• Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
• Unvented combustion appliances
• Delayed or insufficient maintenance is also associated with the house and building moisture problems.
In some cases, indoor mold growth may not be apparent. Mold may be growing on hidden surfaces, such as:
• The back side of the drywall
• The top-of-ceiling tiles
• The underside of carpets and pads
The key to mold is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems! Remember to check for:
• High humidity and condensation problems
• Actual water leaks
• Maintenance issues
• HVAC system problems
It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors. A plan of action when a mold problem arises can make all the difference in minimizing damage and the effects on your family's health. And a reliable company with mold remediation is essential to be at ease in case a problem arises.
As we know, mold can harm one's health, so it is critical to dry out a property as soon as possible to avoid microbial growth and colonization of spores. However, many water leaks go undetected and result in mold being present. No Worries! Call us at AquaSeekers to schedule an appointment, and we'll come out and go over all your options. We work quickly and promptly to remediate your commercial or residential property.
Our goal is to find the source of the mold and to work quickly and promptly to remediate your commercial or residential property. That is why it is vital to begin creating a drying environment inside your home as soon as possible after mold damage.
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