Simple Strategies for Preventing Mold Growth
Mold is a natural part of life. It grows rapidly and doesn’t need much to keep it alive so it turns up nearly everywhere in the world. As the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states “Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year-round.” While mold may be everywhere, it definitely has a type of environment that it prefers. It flourishes in moist atmospheres, especially those that are warm and dark. In your home, that includes places like your basement, under your sink, or even sometimes behind your walls. So what can you do to guard your home against a mold invasion? It turns out there are some pretty simple strategies that prevent mold.
Perform Basic Home Maintenance
There is a lot to be said for keeping up on your basic home maintenance tasks. Fixing leaky windows or dripping pipes will prevent moisture from accumulating in areas around leaks and drips, and dry areas are much less likely to experience mold growth. It’s a good idea to inspect under sinks, showers, and toilets and around windows and doors or other places where moisture could get in.
Clean Water-Exposed Appliances
Mold can also grow in or around appliances that utilize water, such as the washing machine or refrigerator. From the appliance, mold may advance into walls or under flooring. Regularly cleaning out drip pans or washing tubs that collect water will thwart any mold growth before it can take hold.
Handle Water Messes Quickly and Completely
One common cause of mold growth is prolonged exposure of wood, clothe, or other absorbent materials to water. The water will soak in and sit, just begging for mold to grow. In fact, mold growth can begin within 24 hours of water exposure. And once it starts growing, it is hard to stop. When you discover water damage, whether from a water disaster like a flood or an unsuspected water leak that continues for weeks before being noticed, you should move immediately to take care of it and stop any further opportunity for mold. Then make sure the problem is taken care of completely. A failure to completely dry out the affected area and remove any mold spores will likely result in mold proliferation in the future.
An excellent first step in preventing mold growth from water damage or removing mold that has begun is to call Moore Restoration. We take a serious approach to providing complete water restoration and mold remediation. Our experts are available for immediate dispatch, and our work continues until drying and restoration is complete. Our best number for 24-service is (866) 484-3322 – keep it in your phone in case of a water emergency. We can help you keep your home mold-free!