Understanding Mold Prevention in Your Miramar Beach Home
SERVPRO Can Remediate and Advise Concerning Mold Problems in Your Home or Business
Mildews, molds, and yeasts are classified as fungi, a kingdom of organisms which are distinct from animals and plants. Unlike animals, fungi have cell walls, and unlike plants, the fungal cell walls are composed of mainly glucan and chitin. They cannot make nutrients like plants and must secrete enzymes on the organic matter upon which the fungi are embedded, to absorb the nutrients released.
There is no practical way to get rid of all mold spores and molds in your indoor Miramar Beach environment. There are, however, several ways to control moisture and mold damage in your home. If you do suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO right away, as they can find the source of the moisture and clean up the mold, which can have adverse health effects for you and your family.
Stopping the Water
Any leaks in pipes and damp areas around sinks and tubs should be fixed right away, so biological pollutants do not have environments to grow in. You can install water-resistant materials like stone, tiles, galvanized or stainless steel hardware, deep-sealed concrete, water a wallboard, indoor/outdoor carpeting, water-resistant glues and more to protect your home from mold growth.
Prevent the seepage of water from outside your home as well. Rainwater from your roof or gutters must drain away from your home, and the ground around your house must slope away to keep crawlspaces and basements dry. Ask SERVPRO to cover the dirt in crawl spaces with sheeting to stop moisture from saturating the air and also to ventilate the area. Encapsulation can be an excellent deterrent to water damage and can also increase the indoor air quality of your home.
Keeping it Clean
Fabrics in your home should be cleaned often and kept dry. Soil promotes the growth of mold. Clean fabrics should be stored in well-ventilated areas. Think about having a professional cleaning of your air ducts if you think you have existing mold inside of the duct’s surface, or if the insulation for the duct has been wet. SERVPRO can help you to clean your air ducts and fix your moisture problem in this case, besides sweeping up the mold to stop it from spreading further.
Keeping it Dry
When you have a moisture problem, SERVPRO’s technicians come in to dry your home using industrial axial fans, dehumidifiers, and also negative pressure systems. Maintaining the humidity in your home below forty percent can help you to prevent mold proliferation. In areas that are prone to moisture, pick carpets which contain man-made fibers. Also, you can reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces by using insulation.
Keep areas of your home clean and disinfected, especially high-moisture zones such as the bathroom, basement, and kitchen. Make sure to ventilate the areas as well, especially after a shower.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is specially trained to take care of mold and moisture problems. Do not attempt to clean it up yourself with only bleach, as this does not correct the problem. We can be reached whenever you need us at (850) 267-0746.