10 Things you need to know about mold
One of the biggest concerns for local residents is mold. Do I have mold? Is it bad? Are my kids safe?
Here are 10 basic things you need to know about mold:
- Mold can cause health effects.
- There is no practical way to eliminate ALL mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
- Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
- Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
- Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
- Increasing ventilation
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Cleaning mold jis difficult - calling a specialist is best.
- Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e. basements) unless well ventilated.
- Mold IS everywhere and depending on the right environment, can grow and thrive. Food sources include wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Not all mold is a potential health threat, but knowing the difference is key.
Knowing the facts is the best way to prevent a potential mold problem. The BEST step is hiring a licensed professional to test and then have SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch do the remediation. Our 50 years of experience counts when it comes to removing mold from your home. Call us today.