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3 Tips for Preventing Mold Growth

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold Prevention Tips

Removing mold from your home in Pacific, WA, can often be much more difficult than preventing it from growing in the first place. Once it has begun to spread, you can have a large amount of growth in a very short period. If it is not removed quickly, it will continue to travel throughout your home. Using these mold prevention tips can help stop this problem before it begins.

1. Remove Water Damage Quickly

Whether it is from a broken pipe or a storm, damage from water is a common cause of mold in buildings. This is because mold needs water to grow and can spread rapidly in the right conditions. If there is flooding in your house, remove it as soon as possible and allow the area to dry thoroughly. You should keep in mind that even a small amount of moisture can cause mold to grow, so leaks should be repaired as soon as you notice them.

2. Keep Humidity Levels Low

Sometimes the moisture in your house isn’t as obvious as flooding or a leaky roof. High levels of humidity can also contribute to mold growth. This can be caused by the weather in the area as well as the use of water inside the home. Cooking and showering can both cause steam to build up if you do not ventilate the area. This can form a layer of moisture on walls, floors and other surfaces that can allow mold to grow. Using dehumidifiers and keeping windows open can reduce this.

3. Clean Your Home Regularly

Another method of mold prevention is regular cleaning of your house. This can kill mold spores that have gathered and prevent them from forming a large colony. Make sure to pay special attention to areas that often come in contact with water such as sinks and showers. Air conditioners are a common source of mold as well.
While using these mold prevention techniques can reduce the chances that a growth will form, you may still find one in your home. If this is the case, a mold remediation company can perform cleanup to remove it.