Seasonal Tips: Mold Summer Cleaning
Everyone knows, if allowed to grow uncontrolled inside your home, mold can result in damage to both the structure and your health due its allergic reactions, odors, and damage that the spores can cause.
Summer is around the corner. Now is the perfect time to make sure an optimum level of home protection from mold damage. Being one step ahead of mold growing, is the key to prevent a greater problem down the road.
Common places to control
The fungi normally have need of a moist environment to grow. Typical areas where mold can be found in the home include:
- Heating and air conditioning systems
- Around windows
- Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms
- Basements and crawl spaces under the property
- Pipes and ductwork
- In attics due to leaking roofs
During the summer months is frequently to find excessive mold growth because of the increase in relative humidity. It is known that 65%-70% relative humidity will enhance mold growth. The air conditioner can help you control the humidity in your home during the warm months. Nevertheless, it is extremely important to keep constant air circulation too.
Another aspect that is worth keeping in mind is to maintain a clean home. It might sounds obvious but some people temp to forget the carpet´s natural tendency to absorb dirty and moisture. You have a couple of choices here; you can either clean your carpeting yourself or seek for the experience and expertise of professionals. The last one would work wonders when the mold problem of a property has gotten out of hand.
Indoors Mold Prevention Checklist
- Correct use of bleach solution
- Indoor Humidity: Keep the indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent and use a dehumidifier to lower when necessary.
- Wall Leaks: Weather strip and caulk leaky windows.
- AC Drain Leaks: Be sure the HVAC units drain properly
- Ductwork Condensation: Inspect unit’s ducts for excess moisture. Repair or replace when needed.
- Air Filters: Use a high quality air filter for the units, and change it regularly.
- Bath Vent Fans: Install bathroom fans to ventilate after showers.
- Window Condensation: Install insulated glass or storm windows to avoid condensation.
- Air Circulation: Open doors and windows to intensify air circulation.
- Vent Gas Appliances: Make sure gas and kerosene heaters and fireplaces are ventilated.
- Roof Leaks: Check attic for roof damages, and repair.
In addition to the indoors maintenance and seasonal check outs, it is also pertinent to make good use of the opportunities offered by summer. In contrast, the high temperatures and the characteristic dryness of summer can also hinder mold growth. For that reason during these months, is a great idea to take advantage of the heat and torrid weather, to get any mold or additional problems on your property taken care of when it’s hot outside. For instance carrying out a driveway cleaning, will prevent algae and molds from building up.
Outdoors Mold Prevention Checklist
- Plumbing: Examine pipes for leaks and insulate.
- Blocked Drainages: Keep drainages and downspouts clean.
- Foundation: Channel water from downspouts away from house, to prevent leaks.
- Basement: Examine basement for leaks and repair if necessary.
- Water under house: Check crawl space for excess moisture, and apply black plastic to ground to reduce humidity.
As you know SERVPRO is the leader in Mold Remediation in Martin and Saint Lucie County. Our team can take care of everything including your carpeting and flooring needs. If having a professional going through your property, assessing your risks, and handling the cleanup is what you have been putting off… Don’t procrastinate any longer and call today to schedule a visit from our experts. You are just a call away from taking action to protect your home or business this summer.