Controlling Spring Mold Growth

Controlling Spring Mold Growth

Mold needs two things to grow that are common in many places of your home: moisture and oxygen. Warm conditions also contribute. So in the spring, it is especially important to take steps to prevent a major mold problem. Unaddressed mold situations can seriously damage your home and interfere with the air quality your family is breathing. As experts in microbial growth damage removal and remediation in Gainesville and Ocala, FL our experienced staff at Dreyer’s DKI want to give a few quick tips to stop mold problems before they become too big.

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Maintenance

Preventing serious mold problems can be tricky, but not impossible. The first thing to do is regularly maintain the outside of your house. Do it yourself, or have a professional roof inspection annually, fixing any problem areas. Also, sometimes you can’t see a leak or problem from the outside of your house, so get into your attic space and check for any signs of leaks on the inside. Next, clean your gutters often, and be sure they are properly draining to the downpipes. Many moisture problems are caused by bad gutters. Finally, be sure that all windows and doors have nice tight seals. It doesn’t take a very big gap for a little bit of moisture to get through.

Fix it Fast

Next, it is incredibly important to identify and fix any plumbing leaks or moisture accumulation immediately. A small drip from an upstairs bathroom may seem like a small issue, but once mold accumulates, it becomes serious. When you notice something isn’t right, find the water source and shut it off, then call a plumber if you can’t fix it yourself. Always fix the source of the problem completely before repairing the mold damage, this will prevent extra work.

Ventilate

Finally, it’s important to control the inside humidity of your home. For houses that use air conditioning units a lot, they should be professionally maintained a few times a year. All A/C units should be cleaned and lines cleared at the beginning of the “hot season”. Also, properly ventilate your home. Cycling air through the house helps keep it fresh and pushes unnecessary moisture out. Always keep in mind where the outdoor air is coming from, though. You don’t want to ventilate your home with stale air. Lastly, in especially humid climates or during rainy seasons, a dehumidifier may be helpful or necessary.

Mold can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to ruin your home. At Dryer’s DKI, we specialize in moisture and mold remediation in Gainesville and Ocala, FL. We also offer quick assessments and help find the most suitable solution for you. If you wish to learn more about our services, please call 352-403-0350.