How can I prevent mold?
1. Clean up wet areas of your home.
Mold can start occurring in damp areas within 24 hours. It is important to keep your home as dry as possible.
2. Fix leaks when they happen.
When you discover a leak, it is best to fix the leak. Of course, keep the area as clean as possible, but try to have a plumber come in as soon as is possible to stop the leak permanently.
3. Make sure the ground slopes away from your house.
If the ground slopes toward your home, you are at an increased risk of flooding along the foundation and into your basement.
4. Reduce humidity in your home.
There are a number of ways you can do this. For areas prone to humidity, like the bathroom and kitchen, make sure you have ventilation systems in place like fans and open windows. Use the air conditioning if necessary or purchase a dehumidifier for areas in your home that are humid. Mold needs humidity to grow, so if you remove this completely from your home, you will have better odds when trying to prevent it.
5. Equip your home with mold-resistant materials.
When building or renovating your home, keep in mind new products and technologies that have been designed to resist mold growth. Drywall is composed of gypsum plaster pressed between stacks of paper. New moisture resistant drywall is paperless — the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass, making the surface highly water-resistant. This new type of drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens. These products will save you time and money in the long run. If you have issues with areas of your house being damp, it is worth it to invest in the upgrades.
What do I do when I discover mold in my house?
1. Act quickly.
When a porous surface in your home is exposed to dampness and moisture, a breeding ground for mold will exist. After 36-48 hours, if not cleaned properly, mold can grow exponentially and become an even bigger problem. The best thing you can do is deal with mold as soon as you notice it in your home. This will save you time, money and health problems.
2. Do not go near the mold.
Mold can cause many serious health problems, especially serious respiratory issues. The reason why professional mold companies are in business is because they have the proper technology and equipment to deal with the mold in your home.
3. Call a professional mold removal company.
If you can see or smell the mold, mold testing is not necessary. The most important thing is to remove the mold quickly and properly. Canada’s Restoration Services can help you remove the mold from your home. We will give you a free estimate, complete the work quickly and properly and even give you a certificate of a mold-free area.
If you follow these mold-prevention tips, there is a good chance you can avoid mold growth in your home. However, if you do spot it, call a professional mold removal company to deal with it properly so that it doesn’t happen again.