Have you noticed a musty smell in your home? You might see visible signs of mold growth on the wall, baseboards, and ceilings Or, the smell alone indicates there is moisture hidden in these places.

Mold thrives in dark and humid environments, making our homes the perfect breeding ground. However, there are steps we can take to prevent mold from growing and spreading. And if it’s too late, there are always mold remediation services.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows on organic materials like wood, paper, or fabric. It reproduces by releasing spores into the air, which can then settle on surfaces and begin to grow. Since mold can grow almost anywhere, it can become a big problem if you find it in your home, causing issues like:

  • Allergies
  • Respiratory problems
  • Asthma
  • Lung infections

Plus, excessive mold can damage your home’s structure. To avoid these problems, it’s essential to keep your home mold-free. Here’s how:

1. Keep Humidity Levels Low

Mold loves moisture, so keeping your home’s humidity levels low will help prevent mold from growing. You can use a dehumidifier in damp areas like basements or bathrooms to lower the humidity level.

2. Fix Leaks Promptly

Water leaks and excess moisture are major culprits for mold growth. Inspect your home regularly for any leaks or water damage. If a leak is found, hire a water damage restoration company like Integrity Restoration to dry the area and remediate the mold.

3. Improve Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential in preventing mold growth. Make sure your kitchen and bathroom have functioning exhaust or extractor fans that can remove excess moisture from the air. You can also open windows on nice days to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home. 

4. Clean and Dry Wet Areas

If any part of your home gets wet, make sure to dry it thoroughly within 24-48 hours. This includes spills, leaks, or even condensation on windows during colder months. Mold can start growing in as little as 72 hours in damp areas, so prompt action is crucial.

5. Don’t Over Vacuum 

Vacuuming your home when there is mold present is a major factor in supporting its growth. Mold spores can settle on carpets, upholstery, and other surfaces and vacuuming can help them spread, disturbing the airflow if done too often. While vacuuming regularly is safe on a normal day, it’s not recommended when you’re trying to rid your home of spores.

6. Monitor Indoor Plants

Overwatering or not providing proper drainage for potted plants can create a breeding ground for mold. Make sure to monitor your plants and keep them well-maintained to prevent mold growth. And if you see it start to form on the top of your beloved soil, give it a simple scrape with a clean spoon—and always wear a mask. To take it a step further, make sure you keep a base under your potted plants in case water leaks out. The last thing you want is for the mold to spread beyond your plants.

7. Enlist a Mold Professional

Don’t try to take on mold alone—especially if it’s a foreign subject for you. This bacteria can be harmful and detrimental if not handled properly. Instead, enlist a professional like Integrity where mold is our expertise and a clean and healthy home is our goal.

What If I Already Found Mold?

If you discover mold in your home, don’t panic. You can contact professional mold remediation services to assess the extent of the damage and create a plan for removal. They have the necessary tools and expertise to safely remove all traces of mold from your home.

Integrity Restoration Offers Advanced Mold Remediation Services

Integrity Restoration is a trusted company that provides quality mold remediation services. Our team of experts uses advanced techniques and equipment to remove mold from your home and prevent it from growing back. We also offer tips on how to keep your home mold-free in the future and conduct tests to ensure everything is up to your standards and performed properly. Contact us today for immediate service!