Protect Your Home From Mold and Fungus This Fall

Since there are more than 100,000 species of mold in the world, 1,000 of which are prevalent in the United States, it is no surprise that this catalyst of decomposition often finds its way into our homes. When you have a mold problem, it is not unlike an insect infestation, in that you must eradicate the problem in order to protect your family from health problems. Consider these tips for preventing mold growth in your house.

Ten Steps You Can Take to Prevent Mold

  • Avoid water accumulation under house plants
  • Remove carpet from damp areas like bathrooms and basements
  • Clean gutters at least every spring and every fall
  • Be sure that your yard slopes away from your house to prevent runoff from entering your basement
  • Inspect your roof for damage and leaks, and get necessary repairs
  • Inspect appliance hoses and pipe fittings to ensure that there are no leaks
  • Add mold inhibitors to interior paints before applying
  • Use bleach when cleaning your bathrooms
  • Install and use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Use dehumidifiers to keep your levels between 30% and 60% if you have a damp home

Four Immediate Steps to Take After Water Damage or Flooding

  • Get all standing water out of the home
  • Dispose of any moldy items like paper, rags, carpets, underlayment, and debris
  • Clean mild mold growth with a solution of bleach and water
  • Remove and dry soaked fabrics like upholstery and rugs within a day or two

If you experience any water damage this fall, or simply wish to take steps to avoid mold growth due to excess humidity in your home, begin with these steps. However, you should always contact a professional team for serious mold problems. If you have any mold issues, A-One Exterminators is here to help. Call us today at (541) 472-1094.

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