HOW TO PREVENT MOLD
Mold thrives in warm, damp, humid places like bathrooms, basements, roofs, pipes, windows and anywhere flooding has occurred. And those potted plants? Yup, they add oxygen to our air but also, you guessed it, mold. The "yuck factor" is mold can grow in all kinds of environments: wood, wood products, paper, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, drywall, cardboard, carpets, upholstery, paint, insulation and even dust! Yeah, pretty much everything in your home!
- How do you find it? Usually either smelling its musty odor or finding spots of any color can find mold. We've even seen mushrooms growing on drywall! Once mold can be identified by sight or smell, its concentration may be high enough to present a health hazard. That's when something needs to be done.
Here are a few tips to prevent mold:
Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent.
Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.
Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks. Check under sinks for any leaks to prevent more serious damage.
Keep gutters and drains clear of debris or prevent damage to exterior structure.
Respond to any and all water intrusions immediately.
Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.
Contact SERVPRO® of Lake Charles for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold. We have the experience and the equipment to handle large or small mold jobs.