Finding and Preventing Mold Growth
Mold damage in your Prairie Village, KS, home can be a serious problem. However, knowing a little about mold growth patterns can help you catch the problem early and maybe prevent it altogether.
Common Places for Mold Infestation
Certain areas of your home are more susceptible to mold growth than others. It is important to keep these areas as dry as possible, inspect them frequently for any hidden mold and check for water stains or a musty odor:
- Ceiling tiles and drywall
- Paper goods
- Wood products
- Humid areas such as bathrooms
- HVAC vents
Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth
Mold needs certain conditions to grow, such as mold spores, warmth and moisture. Unfortunately, most homes naturally have all of these conditions. Keeping mold spores and moisture to a minimum will go a long way toward preventing mold damage in your home. The following interventions may prevent mold infestations:
- Use a dehumidifier
- Use an air purifier to trap mold spores
- Repair leaks and dry up any standing water
- Open windows and use fans to circulate air
- Invest in mold-resistant paint, décor and
- Inspect HVAC ductwork for mold
Even the most meticulously maintained homes can experience a mold problem. In this case, you should address the concern as quickly as possible to keep the mold from spreading. For small areas, a diluted bleach mixture and a little elbow grease will likely be enough to take care of the issue. You can also use a commercial cleaning agent designed for mold. Whenever you are working with mold or chemicals, make sure to open a window or door for fresh air and wear gloves. Depending on the extent and type of mold present, you may need a respirator mask and other protective gear.
In many cases, you can prevent mold growth and address small infestations yourself. However, you may require the help of a certified restoration company for severe mold damage.