Mold growth is a common occurrence in homes. Mold grows in moist environments and it can spread quickly. The growth of mold in the home is problematic for a couple reasons. First, it is unsightly. If you are trying to sell your home, potential buyers will be turned away if they see mold anywhere. Second, mold can actually be dangerous to your health. Mold can cause a wide range of health issues including asthma and skin conditions. Elderly people, those with compromised immune systems, and people with preexisting lung conditions are typically the ones most susceptible to mold-related illness. If you find or suspect mold growth in your home, it is important to immediately call a restoration services company like Soil-Away. At Soil-Away, we come in and remediate the mold in your home in an efficient and effective manner. Read on to learn about three spots in the home that are most susceptible to mold growth.
The bathroom is one of the most common areas for mold growth in the home. This is a room that is filled with moisture due to the shower. Even if you use the fan or open the windows, it can still be difficult to get enough ventilation to this area. Often mold growth will start inside the shower and spread to the walls and ceiling inside the bathroom.
The basement is another area where mold growth is common. Since basements are typically underground, they are a lot more humid than the rest of the house. Mold growth can occur anywhere in the basement but especially in spots where there may have been a prior leak. For example, if your furnace has leaked in the past, this is an opportunity for mold to grow. Even if you think you got everything dry after a leak, often mold can hide in the walls and floor making it difficult for homeowners to even know that it is there.
The laundry room is another spot where mold can grow. Whether your laundry room is in the basement or on the main level of the home, it is a humid, moist environment. It is important to occasionally pull out the washer and dryer from the wall and inspect the area behind them. This is a hidden spot where mold could be growing without you knowing.
Remediation Process and Restoration Services
So you have mold growth in your home: what next? Call a restoration services company like Soil-Away. We have the tools and experience necessary to remediate mold from your home. We use moisture sensing equipment to detect hidden moisture that might be causing microbial growth behind walls or under the floor. The next step is cleaning and sanitizing. We remove porous material like drywall and dispose of it. By using HEPA vacuums, dry-ice blasters, and other tools, we remove remaining mold spores to prevent further growth. After cleaning and sanitizing, we dry and restore the area using HEPA filtration devices and dehumidifiers. Finally, we have the area tested for mold to see if our goal of reducing the mold spore count has been successful.
How Do I Prevent Mold from Coming Back?
Now that the mold situation has been remediated, homeowners often wonder how they prevent the mold from coming back. According to the CDC, there are several things to do to keep mold out of the home. Steps to take to prevent mold include controlling humidity levels, quickly fixing leaks, thoroughly cleaning/drying after a flood, and ventilating those moist areas like the shower and laundry room. The CDC also recommends keeping humidity levels inside the home between 30% and 50% to help prevent mold. Using an air conditioner and a dehumidifier can help with this.
Discovering mold in the home can be frustrating. Homeowners often wonder if they will ever be able to get their mold problem under control. Thanks to restoration services companies like Soil-Away, mold remediation and control is possible! We help remediate mold in the home, and carefully inspect high moisture areas like the bathroom, laundry room, and basement. Our cleaning, sanitizing, and drying techniques help make your home safer by greatly reducing the mold spore count. For more information about the mold remediation services we provide, contact us today.