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5 Steps to Prevent Mold

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

5 Steps to Prevent Mold

If water damage has occurred in your residential property in Asheville, NC you should act quickly to prevent mold growth. Here are five mold prevention tips prioritized in order of importance.

1. Fix the Water Problem

Whether a pipe has burst or sprung a leak, a water-based appliance has malfunctioned, or a storm has caused flooding or compromised a structure, you need to immediately address the water issue and stop it from coming in. Mold thrives on moist surfaces.

2. Dry Water Damage

Do everything you can to remove excess water within 24 to 48 hours after an incident occurs. You might try a combination of drying and ventilation or call a service that specializes in removing water from building materials, carpets, drywall, or furniture.

3. Lower Humidity Levels and Temperatures

After you dry wet areas, you should make the indoor environment unconducive to mold. The way you do that is by using a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels between 30% and 60%. You may also want to turn off the heat and keep the interior relatively cool.

4. Ventilate Rooms Where Heat and Water Combine

Make any structure less inviting for mold by properly ventilating rooms with the two major risk factors: heat and water. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms all have water-based appliances or fixtures. In addition to maintaining pipes to prevent serious leaks, proper ventilation will help to make sure that mildew and mold do not start growing.

5. Contact an Indoor Environmental Specialist

If you have followed these steps and are still worried about mold, you should contact a professional restoration service in Asheville, NC that specializes in mold testing and clean-up. This service company can determine whether mold is present and help you address the problem or prevent mold from forming.

These mold prevention steps are intended to provide a sense of the major priorities after water damage has occurred. It is not difficult to prevent mold growth if you eliminate the causes up front.
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