It’s that time of year where outside temperatures can get up to 80 degrees, and while we all love this warm weather, our homes can become breeding ground for mold. Our houses can easily acquire mold due to moisture, water leaks, and poor ventilation. So, it is beneficial to know where mold build-up occurs and how to deal with it.
Some common spaces of mold growth occur in rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. These rooms are at risk for water leaks, and the damage can often be hidden or unseen. Additionally, these rooms contain an excessive amount of moisture, so it is important to have air ventilation in these spaces. In spaces, such as the bathroom, cracks between tiles cause humidity to become trapped and then create moisture build-up in the walls.
Other areas such as basements and attics are susceptive to mold due to their location. The attic often has poor air circulation and, roof leaks. Plus, since heat rises, the attic becomes the warmest room in a house. This combination can cause mold to grow. The basement, on the other hand, can contain foundation cracks and can easily flood. These conditions, paired with warm summer temperatures, can also cause mold to grow. Personal belongings stored in the basement, like photographs, can be easily damaged by mold.
Mold is hazardous to your home, and to you and your family. Exposure to mold can cause cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, itchy throat, coughing, and skin irritation. Clean Response wants to ensure that you and your home are not at risk for exposure to mold.
Here is a list of steps to take in order to reduce your chances of mold growth:
- Fix all roof and window leaks
- Keep humidity levels low through the use of air conditioning or a dehumidifier
- Use exhaust fans to create ventilation
- Remove all water due to flooding in less than 48 hours
- Conceal person items, like photos, in sealed plastic bags if stored in the basement or attic
In cases of mold development, Clean Response has certified technicians who can take care of your mold. Click here for more information on Clean Response’s mold removal services.