There are numerous ways that mold can enter your San Antonio home, in fact, mold is naturally occurring both indoors and outside, so there really is no way to fully eliminate mold from our environment. Mold becomes a problem once moisture becomes available and it is able to grow and spread, reproducing through microscopic particles called spores that travel through the air and land on surfaces throughout your home. Mold exposure can cause a number of respiratory problems, and can become quite extensive if not handled right away. At Restoration 1 of Texas Hill Country, we specialize in mold damage cleanup, and have come up with a list of things you can do to help reduce the risk of mold becoming a major problem in your home.
Since moisture is a key contributor to mold growth, keeping the humidity level in your home as low as possible will help prevent mold from being able to grow. If your indoor humidity levels are too high, consider using a dehumidifier to pull excess moisture from the air. Humidity levels need to be monitored on a daily basis since they will fluctuate based on the temperature, so be diligent in ensuring that your home is at a good level that will not promote mold growth.
Attic and basement vents can play a huge role in humidity levels and preventing mold growth. Be sure that these vents are opened when they need to be, and closed when instructed to ensure adequate air flow through your home. Appliances that produce moisture like stoves and dryers need to have adequate ventilation to send that moisture out of your home, and be sure to turn on exhaust fans when these appliances are in use. It is also important to check bathroom ventilation to keep steam and excess moisture out, and kitchen ventilation over the cooking range that will remove excess moisture from the air that is produced when cooking.
From leaky pipes to major flooding, water damage will increase the odds of mold growth becoming a problem in your home – especially if not cleaned up and dried out as soon as possible. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours following water damage, so be sure to act fast to reduce the risk of mold damage as well.
Cleaning window seals and tracks, checking sealings around doors and windows, ensuring your roof is in good condition, and inspecting the foundation around your home for signs of water intrusion are all great maintenance practices that can help you find potential problems before they result in mold growth. When you keep up on maintenance in and around your home, you will be able to greatly reduce the risk of mold damage from occurring.
Restoration 1 of Texas Hill Country specializes in identifying mold problems, as well as performing mold damage cleanup. We know how to safely handle mold damage, and how to identify if there is a problem. You can schedule a mold inspection once a year to stay on top of it before it becomes a problem. Remember, even if you take every precaution in the book, mold is not 100% preventable, but you do have the experts at Restoration 1 on your side to help with any mold damage cleanup you may need.