Mold is one of the most damaging organisms to homes, offices, and facilities around the world. The spores generated by the mold may also affect the health and well-being of those who live inside mold-infected buildings. Here are ten ways of dealing with mold along with recognizing the dangers that it presents:
If you have an area which has a consistent moisture issue, do not put carpet near the source, as it will only provide shelter for the mold to form. This includes places like sinks, drinking fountains, bathrooms, kitchens, etc.
Use water and detergent to remove mold from surfaces and dry the surface completely. Materials infected with mold that cannot be washed, such as ceiling tiles, should be replaced.
You’ll want to prevent condensation wherever it occurs inside your residence, business, or facility. You can greatly reduce condensation by adding insulation around cold surfaces, such as piping, exterior walls, floors, roofs, and windows. By addressing where condensation occurs, you can reduce the chances of mold from forming.
Mold cannot be fully eliminated because it exists practically everywhere. However, it can be controlled by reducing the available moisture in the indoor atmosphere and removing it from surfaces when possible.
Any damp surface should be dried quickly to prevent the growth of mold. It takes around 24 to 48 hours for mold to grow around a damp surface.
Mold can grow on virtually any substance as long as moisture is present. This means that carpet, wood, and food are good sources of growth for mold. Non-organic substances, such as tile, are more difficult, which is why mold is easier to clean.
Signs of mold infestation include possible health effects for those who live or work inside, such as allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and onsets of asthma attacks. Any of these symptoms might be an indication that mold is present.
By reducing indoor humidity levels by up to 60 percent, you can greatly reduce the ability of mold to grow. Below are some ways to reduce humidity levels in a home or building:
- Increase ventilation throughout the building or home
- Vent bathrooms and other moisture-generating sources
- De-humidifiers and air conditioners will reduce humidity levels considerably
Source of Mold
If you see that mold is growing in your residence, business, or facility, then you must clean up the source and lower the humidity or moisture content of the indoor air.
A water leak is fuel for mold to grow. Be sure to address all water leaks as quickly as possible to prevent mold from growing in your building.
How Brickley Environmental Can Help
If you believe that mold has invaded your residence or business, call the experts at Brickley Environmental. We offer a complete line of services designed to identify and remove mold from surfaces both interior and exterior.