Living Healthy At Home!
TOP 10 MOLD & MOISTURE PREVENTION TIPS.
Keep Humidity Low
The less humidity in the air, the less moisture, the less mold. The EPA recommends a humidity level of 30-50%.
Give Your Roof The Attention It Deserves!
Make sure to keep your roof in good condition. A leaky roof leads to water damage and a moldy house. Make sure to keep gutters cleaned and flowing properly.
Clean Up Spill Quickly
Clean up damp or wet materials and surfaces quickly as mold can start to grow in as little as 24-48 hours! If you have a constant wet area, odds are great that the area will grow mold. Dark and wet are the perfect ingredients for mold to grow quickly.
Keep air conditioner pans clean and drain lines working correctly.
Open the window or run the exhaust fan when showering. Opening a window saves energy!
Vent appliances that create moisture to the outside when possible.
Open windows and run fans when possible.
Cover cold pipes with insulation.
Increase Air Temperature
The EPA says increase air temperature, but we are all trying to reduce our home's air temperature to save energy. What to do? Increasing your insulation may be a better overall solution. A dehumidifier is another option.
Keep Water Away from Foundation
Make sure the ground slopes downward away from your home. Water pooling around the foundation of your house is a sure way to increase your chances of mold and water penetration.d or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.
Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.
Is it possible to restore clothes that have been affected by mold?
Foremost, any garment or fabric that has not suffered physical deterioration or discoloration as a result of mold growing on it, and that is washable (typically, a minimum of 130ºF for at least 10 minutes), can be restored completely. That goes for bacterial contamination as well, as evidenced by hospitals daily as they wash linens, gowns, surgical drapes, etc.
Dry cleaning also does a good job when evaluated and cleaned - often twice - by a qualified professional. Again, this assumes no deterioration or discoloration of the garment. Ultimately, sampling and evaluation by a qualified environmental professional can be used to confirm remediation of the garment.
Mold Cleanup Remediation
Should I Do This Myself ?
This job may be too difficult or dangerous for you. It may be best to get help from experienced and qualified professionals if you can. Hire a mold inspection or remediation professional affiliated with or certified by the National Environmental Health Association (MICRO) (NAMP) (NEHA), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), or American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) to inspect, repair, and restore the damaged parts of your home.
Preventing Air Conditioning Mold
A regular AC maintenance routine and keeping your air ducts free of dirt and other debris can reduce the likelihood of mold growth. Keep air conditioner pans clean and drain lines working correctly.
Your state also may regulate mold remediation.