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Tips for Successful Mold Prevention

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Your home is designed to protect you from outside elements. A particularly nasty storm in Northglenn, CO, however, can damage your home and leave it vulnerable to a flood. Flood damage can easily foster mold growth in a short amount of time. The good news is that there are ways to avoid this.

Take Care of Underlying Issues

Most mold that grows in homes can be traced back to an underlying issue. There are several conditions that can lead to a mold problem:

  • Standing water
  • Damp surfaces
  • High humidity

After flooding, your home has a small window of time before mold can start to grow. If there is a lot of excess moisture, you may see mold patches as soon as 24 hours after the storm. The sooner you can take care of underlying issues, the better chance you have of avoiding a fungus problem.

Mitigate Damage Thoroughly
Another common cause of mold growth is unmitigated water or mold damage. As soon as you realize you have water damage, you need to call certified water restoration specialists so that the mitigation process can start quickly. It's just as important, however, that professional mitigation is done correctly and thoroughly. Any water damage that doesn't get fixed can leave your home vulnerable to mold. Likewise, if mold patches do form, a complete mold removal process is necessary to keep the problem from becoming bigger. Many surfaces are porous, so simply wiping off the mold you can see doesn't actually take care of the issue. Technicians have the expertise to remove moldy materials so that the fungus doesn't resurface later.
In order for your home to protect you and your family from outdoor elements as well as mold problems, you need to protect your home. Proper mitigation after a flood is an essential step for mold growth prevention. Take all the steps needed to minimize moisture and mitigate damage in a timely manner.

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