There is always some mold everywhere- in the air and on many surfaces. Mold grows where moisture is present and can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. In today’s post, we’ll cover where mold can grow in your home and ways to control and prevent mold growth in your home.
Where Mold Growth Can Happen In Your Home
Mold growth typically occurs in areas with a lot of moisture, such as leaks in roofs, windows, pipes, or areas where there has been flooding. Mold can grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, and upholstery; and can grow on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products.
Common areas for mold growth in the home:
- Kitchen– underneath sink by plumbing
- Bathroom- underneath sink by plumbing and near the tub/shower area
- Laundry room- behind washer or any other plumbing units in the room; as well as inside the washing machine
- Crawl spaces
- Any areas where flooding has occurred
How to Control / Prevent Mold Growth In Your Home
When it comes to mold growth in your home, you can control mold growth by:
Controlling humidity levels
Keep humidity levels as low as you can- all day long. A dehumidifier will help you keep the humidity levels in your home low.
Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
Check your roof and windows after storms to ensure no damage has been done that would affect the integrity. If any issues have occurred, promptly fix these.
Check pipes throughout your home often to ensure no leaks or other issues have occurred. If you notice any issues, contact a plumber to resolve the issue effectively.
Thoroughly and properly cleaning and drying areas that have been affected by flooding
When flooding occurs in a home, some homeowners attempt to take care of the cleanup themselves. While with minimal water damage this might be okay, most times it is best to get assistance from the professionals. AmeriClean offers water damage services 24/7 and have crews ready to help bring your home back to preloss conditions faster. We are able to extract the water, dry the areas and air of any added moisture from the flooding, and check walls for moisture- all that help prevent future mold growth.
Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas
After using the shower, tub, or laundry units; make sure to allow proper ventilation time to ensure moisture will dissipate. Leaving the shower curtain and washer door open will help prevent mold growth from the moisture left behind after use.
About AmeriClean, Inc.
AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana. Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include Carpet, Upholstery, Air Duct, Area Rug, Ceramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation. With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in residential and commercial properties for cleaning and restoration needs. For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.