Preventing Mold Damage in Your Atwater Village Home
Your Atwater Village Home Mold Damage Prevention
Even though many molds are beneficial and harmless, there are some molds which can be toxic and pose health problems to you and your family. Some people are even more sensitive to mold than others are. Mold growth happens when there is moisture from water damage, water leaks, excessive humidity, water infiltration, condensation, or flooding. Mold needs constant moisture to be able to grow, and it can grow and spread quite quickly.
Discovering mold damage in your home can be disconcerting. However, it is possible to get rid your Atwater Village home of the mold by calling in a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. We have all the skills, tools, and training to be able to find the source of the moisture and clean up all the mold so that your home is a safe and healthy environment for you family to live in once again.
Minimizing Mold Growth
A natural byproduct of the fungi family, mold thrives when water and organic substances combine under particular circumstances. Mold grows by spores which can stay dormant, but viable, for years. They come alive again when there is moisture present.
Your HVAC system does not generate mold, as it is metallic surface does not give the organic matter needed for mold to grow. The system, however, if not well maintained, could support the growth of mold. It is important that your system is made and installed properly, is regularly and correctly maintained, controls the moisture in your home, and uses proper filtration methods to keep the air in your home clean.
Think about pairing your air conditioner with a dehumidifier. It pulls moisture from your home, which minimizes mold growth. Do not turn off your air conditioner for long periods during the summer. Especially in humid clients, moisture levels can get very high inside, permitting mold to have a foothold. Install vapor barriers and insulation as well to stop condensation on cold objects like beams, water pipes, and plumbing fixtures.
Keep standing water out of your showers, sinks, tubs and any other areas that are frequently wet. When building a new home, ensure you have design, architectural, and methods of construction which keep water from getting into your home. Areas of concern include poorly designed balconies, doors, and windows, improperly pitched roofs, inadequate vapor barriers, improperly installed flashing, and thin stucco.
Your home’s exterior should be inspected once a year, and any roof flashing, caulking and all breaches in the building envelope need repairing. Have a professional thoroughly inspect your HVAC system regularly, including the filters and duct work, and schedule any needed repairs.
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If you suspect any mold in your home, get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale right away. We can be to your home quickly to check for mold, the sources of moisture, and to make a plan of remediation if you have a mold problem. We can be contacted anytime at (818) 244-6005.