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Preventing Mold Growth: Tips from SERVPRO® of Ascension Parish

2/21/2024 (Permalink)

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Mold is not only unsightly but can also pose health risks to you and your family. Preventing mold growth in your home is essential for maintaining a healthy living environment. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Ascension Parish to keep mold from forming in your house:

  1. Control Moisture Levels: Mold thrives in damp environments, so controlling moisture levels in your home is key to preventing mold growth. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to reduce moisture buildup, fix leaks promptly, and address any water damage immediately.

  2. Keep Indoor Humidity in Check: High indoor humidity can create ideal conditions for mold growth. Use a dehumidifier to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50%, especially in areas prone to moisture buildup like basements and bathrooms.

  3. Improve Ventilation: Proper ventilation is essential for reducing moisture in your home. Ensure that your home is adequately ventilated by opening windows, using exhaust fans, and installing vents in areas like attics and crawl spaces.

  4. Monitor and Maintain Your HVAC System: Your HVAC system can contribute to mold growth if not properly maintained. Regularly inspect and clean your HVAC system, including air ducts and filters, to prevent mold spores from circulating throughout your home.

  5. Use Mold-Resistant Products: When remodeling or renovating your home, consider using mold-resistant building materials such as mold-resistant drywall, paint, and insulation. These products can help prevent mold growth in areas prone to moisture.

  6. Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clean: Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water buildup around your home's foundation, increasing the risk of mold growth indoors. Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage away from your home.

  7. Remove Clutter and Maintain Cleanliness: Clutter can trap moisture and provide a breeding ground for mold. Keep your home clutter-free and maintain cleanliness by regularly vacuuming, dusting, and wiping down surfaces to prevent mold growth.

  8. Address Water Intrusion Promptly: If you experience water intrusion from leaks, flooding, or plumbing issues, address the problem immediately. Thoroughly dry affected areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth and consider hiring a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Ascension Parish for thorough cleanup and drying.

By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of mold growth in your home and create a healthier living environment for you and your family. If you suspect mold growth or need assistance with mold remediation, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Ascension Parish. Our team has the expertise and equipment to handle mold remediation safely and effectively, restoring your home to a clean and healthy condition.

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