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Mold Control and Prevention

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

The key to mold control is moisture control. Mold produces tiny spores to reproduce.
When mold spores land on a damp surface, they may begin to grow and digest whatever
they are growing on in order to survive. Typically, mold grows and digests organic
materials such as wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
To prevent or minimize the risk of mold growth, early detection and removal of excess
moisture are the key. In areas that are not commonly inspected such as crawl spaces and
basements, there are moisture sensors that can be installed that will alert the consumer
when moisture reaches unacceptable levels. Moisture sensors can be purchased at retail
outlets such as Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware.
Very few homeowners inspect their crawl spaces throughout the year. A simple
reminder to do so would be to inspect your crawl space when the time changes twice
each year. Installing lights in the crawl space that can be turned on or plugged in can be
very useful by illuminating the crawl space prior to entering.
Bathrooms are another area of the home where mold or mildew is typically found. Poor
ventilation or excess water on the floor and walls are the primary causes. Inspect your
exhaust fans and vents to ensure they are working properly and the moisture is being
vented completely out of the home and not into the attic.
According to the EPA, mold growth covering an area of ten square feet or less can be
remedied by the property owner. If there are larger areas affected by mold, a mold
remediation professional such as SERVPRO is strongly recommended.

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