Mold Remediation – Common Causes of Household Mold – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
Mold remediation is a process that no one wants to be a part of. It is an evasive, time-consuming, and embarrassing procedure that will also put a dent in a bank account. So how do you avoid having to have your home remediated? Well, because mold is so common in homes, there are some cases where it simply cannot be avoided, but a good place to start when discussing mold remediation are the common causes. Here are just a few of the common problems that we see with homes that often lead to a full mold remediation.
When we have to go into a home and remediate any part of it, we often find that the cause of the initial problem is that the home is holding in too much moisture. The humidity in your home might be something that you don’t often consider, but it might be something that you want to pay more attention to. Generally, the areas that suffer from serious mold growth tend to be the damper, darker areas that on their own create the perfect conditions for microbial infestation, such as your basement. In homes with mold remediation needs, we often find the humidity to be over 60%, which is too high for your home. Aiming for 50%-55% humidity is ideal for any home, and is achievable by using AC and dehumidifiers.
Another common cause of serious mold issues in the homes we remediate is previous flooding. If a home has flooding issues, or has flooded in the past, it can often be difficult to dry the home out enough before mold growth begins. It’s important to completely dry a space that has been flooded within the first forty eight hours or mold will begin to grow. If you have had issues with a flood in the past, or even recently, chances are that your walls, floors, etc. never fully dried, especially if you have very high humidity where the flooding occurred. Floods are not always preventable, which is unfortunate, but make sure that when one happens, you have the proper means to dry out your home. Spend the money on fans and service if you need to in the beginning so that you do not have to spend the money on a mold remediation later.
And lastly, many of the homes that we remediate are not properly ventilated. Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas should all be ventilated to allow the moisture that the activities in these area produce escape. Ensuring that these rooms have the proper vents and fans is the only way to prevent serious mold damage from the moisture that your home will collect otherwise.
Mold remediation is a process that no one wants to have to endure during the time that they own their homes, but unfortunately, it is more common than you might think. Luckily, there are ways to prevent a full on mold remediation by keeping the mold growth at bay. If you are interested in protecting your home, check out this link for some common prevention methods: Mold Prevention.
If your home is past the point of DIY or prevention, and you are in need of a mold remediation, make sure that you call someone who knows not only what they are looking for but also how to repair it so that your mold issue will go away, and stay gone.