4 Simple Steps to Avoid Mold Contamination

mold cleanupNot to sound trite, but here’s the easiest method of mold removal known to man: Keep it from growing in the first place. How do you do that?

Monitor moisture and keep your home dry

Of course, that means making sure naturally moist areas in your home — such as your basement and bathrooms and storage areas — are properly ventilated or dehumidified, or at the very least aren’t retaining consistent moisture. Moisture and oxygen are the only things that those ubiquitous mold spores need to grow. And if they find them, they will grow. "Stop the moisture intrusion that helped the mold to grow in the first place," says James Gryder, cleaning and mitigation supervisor at LDR Construction Services, Inc., Rockford, Ill. "All homes have mold spores present, it is just a fact of life. The issue is if there is enough moisture present for the mold that is present to start growing." So staying on top problem moisture spots in your home will save a lot of mold cleanup later. But wait – what if you already have mold? Then what? Well, there are a couple of mold abatement steps you can take on your own. First, if you find mold, the key is proper containment and air filtration. The goal is to avoid cross-contaminating other areas of your home with mold spores. After just two days of wetness, there is mold present whether you see it or not. The Centers for Disease Control recommends removing mold-contaminated items from your home if those items have been wet for more than two days to let them dry. Containing the problem may also mean removing damaged drywall, trim, wood products or other items. Then, if you have the means, wet-vacuum the contaminated area if there is enough water present to justify it. Otherwise, you can dry-vac the area with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (High-efficiency Particulate Air) filter. That will help to ensure that mold spores are contained. Those are big "if’s." So if you lack the proper equipment, you may need to call a professional mold remediation company, such as LDR Cleaning and Restoration, to contain and mitigate your mold problem so that other areas of your home don’t get contaminated, as well.  Service providers like LDR use water meters and other equipment that homeowners are unlikely to have, which allow them to diagnose and fix problems more quickly. "That is why calling a professional, like LDR, who will take the needed steps to make sure the issue is handled property through containment and the use of air filtration devices, is the best route to go," Gryder says. And if preventing mold damage to your home isn’t enough to convince you to avoid mold problems, or call in professional help when problems do occur, then preventing health problems might. "An unmitigated mold problem can be a real health issue to children, people with compromised immune systems, and even what we would term healthy people," Gryder says. "If there is moisture present, and the mold is able to grow unmitigated, it will just continue to get worse and worse. Eventually, the spores may find their way into the HVAC system and contaminate that, or they can get inhaled cause respirator problems." And those are problems nobody wants. So remember:
  1. Monitor moisture
  2. Contain the mold problem
  3. Remove mold damaged items
  4. Call in professional help for your mold abatement issues
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