Do a mold audit of your home. Does the basement flood or is there frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a persistent leak causing water stains on the ceiling or damp spots in the carpet?
Preventing mold from growing or spreading could be as simple as fixing a leaky pipe or ripping up a section of damp carpet in the basement. It also could mean full-scale renovations of your home. But prevention is always easier than emergency remediation even if it costs more upfront.
2. Dry wet areas immediately
So, you’ve gotten that leaky pipe or other problem area fixed, but you’re still not done. The patch of ceiling or carpet that was chronically wet that tipped you off to the problem still needs dealt with. Mold can’t grow without moisture, so drying out any dampness should be your first priority.
If your basement floods after a storm, remove all damaged carpets and furniture, anything that will hold moisture. Also, pump the water out of the basement if it doesn’t drain out itself within 24 to 48 hours. Even normal drink spills on the living room carpet can cause problems if they are not dry within 24 to 48 hours.
3. Ensure proper ventilation
Many routine domestic activities invite mold into your home without proper ventilation. Cooking, taking a shower, doing a load of laundry, all of these things produce condensation. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are especially vital to have properly ventilated as they are high-moisture areas. Make sure all moisture-producing appliances are vented to the outside, not to the attic as that’s just moving the problem upstairs rather than preventing it altogether. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers also help remove moisture and circulate air.
4. Monitor humidity
The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60%. A moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store is all you need for proper monitoring inside your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity also include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls.
Triage Restoration: Philadelphia Mold Remediation Services
Mold is a difficult problem for home owners to treat. If you suspect you have mold due to visible damage or just because of a “musty” smell, contact our Philadelphia mold remediation professionals at Triage Restoration. Our services include, but are not limited to:
- IICRC S520 Standard
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Mold Remediation
- Cleaning and Decontamination
- Containment and Negative Air
- HEPA Air Filtration
Triage Restoration will assess the situation and discuss the available options. We use appropriate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered products to effectively disinfect and decontaminate affected areas.