"The Key to Mold Control, is Moisture Control"
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urband Development, while you may not be able to eliminate all mold spores from a home, but you can take the following steps to prevent and get rid of mold. Prevent: keep your house clean and dry following steps to prevent and get rid of mold.
¦ Fix water problems such as roof leaks, wet basements, and leaking pipes or faucets.
¦ Make sure your home is well ventilated and always use ventilation fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
¦ If possible, keep humidity in your house below 50% by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier.
¦ Avoid carpeting in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. Dry floor mats regularly. Identify: find mold that might be growing in your home.
¦ Search for areas that have a damp or moldy smell, especially in basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
¦ Look for water stains or colored, fuzzy growth on and around ceilings, walls, floors, window sills and pipes.
¦ Search behind and underneath materials such as carpeting, furniture, or stored items.
¦ Inspect kitchens, bathrooms, and basements for standing water, water stains, and patches of out-of-place color.
Respond: fix any water problems immediately and clean or remove wet materials, furnishings, or mold. ¦ Clean up spills or floods within one day.
¦ Dry all surfaces and fix the problem or leak to prevent further damage.
¦ Install a dehumidifier where there is high humidity.
¦ Replace contaminated components, such as drywall and insulation.
¦ Clean mold off non-porous surfaces with a weak solution of bleach and water.
¦ Throw away moldy materials that cannot be cleaned, such as carpet, upholstered furniture, drywall, and floorboards.
¦ To clean mold, contact us today at 617-332-9000 SERVPRO of Newton/Wellesley understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.