Control Indoor Mold Growth During Spring Cleaning

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Control Indoor Mold Growth During Spring Cleaning

The “lingering winter” seems to finally be letting up, however as the snow and ice dams melt and the spring rain begins it can potentially cause basement flooding and leaks in other areas of your home. Homeowners need to be aware that with the additional moisture inside of their homes, this makes them more susceptible to mold growth. Indoor mold can cause property damage, musty and unpleasant odors as well as possible health problems. If the issue is not addressed properly by a mold professional, it could lead to toxic mold growth. Many times people do not even realize they have a mold problem until the problem is more extensive or they are showing health problems associated with mold exposure. Some of these symptoms include allergy and respiratory issues such as sneezing, coughing, skin and eye irritation as well as other flu-like symptoms.

People have begun their spring cleaning with the weather beginning to warm up. While cleaning out your basement and other areas of your home, be mindful of boxes or water soluble materials such as pillows that may have mold. If you find items with mold, do not move them or disturb them, instead we recommend you contact a mold removal specialist. This will prevent the mold from cross contaminating/spreading throughout your home. In the process of cleaning their home, you should check for excess moisture in your home that could lead to mold growth and take the necessary steps to prevent the mold from becoming a problem. If the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed, not only can the damage from mold growth be costly, but it can affect your home’s indoor air quality and the health of people sensitive to mold.

Here are some spring cleaning tips to help prevent mold growth:
·         Reduce relative humidity to below 45% to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside. Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to increase ventilation whenever possible. Whenever cooking, dishwashing or cleaning use exhaust fans.
·         Clean and dry damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
·         Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
·         Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
·         Identify and fix plumbing leaks and other water problems immediately.
·         Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, piping, exterior walls etc. by adding insulation.
·         Scrub any visible mold off hard surfaces with borox and water and dry the area completely. Mix 1 cup of Borox to 1 gallon of hot water.

·         Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.

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