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10 Things you need to know about mold

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Mold can cause health effects.
  2. 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.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. 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
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Cleaning mold jis difficult - calling a specialist is best. 
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e. basements) unless well ventilated.
  10. 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.

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