Spring Into Action: 7 Tips For Healthy Homes
by Chad Grimes, Exact Recon
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a church, home, or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air. They may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet. Water damage is often a breeding ground for mold. Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
7 Tips For Healthy Homes
Keep Indoor Humidity below 45 Percent.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.
Do The Smell Test.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Get two or three opinions from other people.
Identify Unusual Sources of Water.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. Where are the leaks?
Don’t Wait, Dry Right Away.
After a storm, you find rainwater has leaked into your basement. Or your washer accidentally overflowed. Don’t wait, dry it right away. Or hire a team to professionally extract moisture from cement floors or wet carpets. The less water and moisture, the less chance for mold to thrive.
Create A Ventilation Plan.
Eliminate and reduce high moisture areas in your home with fans, humidifiers, and plain fresh air on sunny spring days. Proper air flow helps keep things dry in your kitchens, bathrooms, showers, basements, and laundry areas.
Throw It Out.
Don’t be afraid to throw out mold-friendly items that are creating or adding to your mold problem. Toss out any old damp basement carpets, clothes, shoes, blankets, and other stored items that are damaged and unhealthy.
Check Your Insurance.
You must be aware of policy limits. A large majority of insurance carriers do not cover mold. If they do, ask at least two companies to provide assessments of your loss due to mold problems. Everyone’s plan is different.
With the majority of mold remediation jobs we will use or recommend a 3rd party environmental hygienist to do a site visit and write a protocol for proper cleaning
We at ExactRecon follow the IICRC S520 standards for mold remediation. We also follow all federal and state laws along with MIOSHA regulations. We are happy to provide a free estimate for any mold remediation projects.
Call Chad Grimes at Exact Recon: (734) 352-9183.