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Keeping Your Home Mold Free

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Keeping Your Home Mold Free Control moisture to resist mold

Mold is an equal opportunity offender. Mold spores roam throughout every home looking for ideal conditions of water, heat, and food. No matter how clean you keep your home, microbes will grow where moisture accumulates.

Low Humidity Resists Mold

Defend against mold in your home by controlling the moisture and humidity. Anything above 60 percent humidity is ideal for microbial growth. Running a dehumidifier and targeting 40 percent humidity will keep the air comfortable for your family and inhospitable for mold.

Look for places moisture accumulates in your home. If ground water is leeching into your basement, consult an expert to see if a French drain or sump pump is warranted. Make sure your bathrooms are ventilated so moisture does not build up in them. Check where the vents go. If they simply blow the air up to the attic, you may find a mold outbreak up there.

Mold Remediation

If you do see microbial growth in your home, no matter what the color, you should have it remediated before the problem gets worse. The microbes you can see are releasing tiny spores you cannot see. 

SERVPRO® franchise professionals have the equipment necessary to clean a mold outbreak. They will set up containment for the infestation, remove contaminated materials, and clean the air to remove spores and other particulates. 

Preventive Maintenance

Water damages expose your home to moisture that gives microbes an opportunity to flourish, and many water damages result from preventable incidents.

Deal with plumbing issues like leaky faucets as soon as you notice them. Inspect washing machine hoses and hot water tanks for signs of wear. Consider replacing aging appliances before they fail and cause a water damage. 

Have your heating system maintained annually to reduce the possibility of failure during cold weather. If you heat with propane or heating oil, you must be extra vigilant to ensure the tank does not run dry when temperatures get exceptionally frigid. Prevent frozen pipes by keeping your house heated and letting faucets drip during the coldest weather. 

Dry Water Damages ASAP

When you have a water damage, you must get your building materials and contents dry as soon as possible to prevent secondary damages from microbial growth. Our franchise professionals know how to dry your home quickly and efficiently, which will discourage mold growth and minimize the cost of restoration. Call SERVPRO of Waltham / Weston / Watertown / Wayland at 781-647-9100 for a free water restoration estimate. 

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