Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that is inside and outside your home or business. Mold produces spores. These spores travel through the air and can produce new mold growth with just moisture and a food source. Mold can grow on almost any surface if the conditions are right.
In your home mold is likely to be found where there is a high level of moisture in the air. These places may include but are not limited to bathrooms, basements, cracked foundations, crawl spaces, attics, leaking plumbing or water fixtures.
Mold prevention and remediation is a key component to any water damage restoration job. If you home or business is improperly dried after a water damage loss, the risk of mold contamination is much higher.
Mold can cause respiratory problems or allergic reactions and can be detrimental to persons whom already have allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems.
If you feel that you have a mold issue please contact us today at (785)-458-2328 to schedule a consultation from our certified and licensed mold remediation technicians. We will guide you through your mold remediation process.
Ten Things You Should Know About Mold
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
– Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
– Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
– Increasing ventilation
– Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
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