While we think of mold problems and remediation in terms of what occurs after a flood, the fact is that mold can grow in homes in which there has been no flood or other disaster. In some cases, homeowners do not even realize they have a mold problem until they become ill. J&M Keystone in San Diego is a mold remediation company that specializes in helping homeowners rid their homes of any type of mold growth, no matter what the cause.
MOLD HAS NEEDS, TOO
Mold will not grow if the conditions are not right, so most preventative measures involve depriving mold of at least one of the things it needs to grow. In order to colonize and grow successfully, mold must have:
It is almost impossible to control any of these factors besides moisture. Therefore, most mold remediation efforts begin with identifying the source of the moisture and removing it before tackling the mold itself.
MOISTURE BRINGS MOLD
Controlling moisture is not as easy as it sounds. High humidity, for example, can encourage mold growth. It is impossible to control the weather, so it is important to control the humidity levels inside your home, particularly if you live near the coast.
The key to controlling humidity is to be aware of what changes the humidity level in your home. Using large amounts of water in an enclosed space, such as a bathroom, may contribute to a mold problem, and artificially heated and cooled air can also be an issue. Be sure to adjust for humidity by using fans and other devices designed to draw moisture out, particularly in enclosed spaces. Aim for less than 55 percent humidity if you humidify your home.
Leaking pipes and roofs are another common source of mold growth. The worst leaks are the ones that are invisible, so it is very important to have a professional like J&M Keystone in San Diego check for mold if you believe you may have a problem.
Contact us today to learn more about taking care of your home and preventing or stopping mold growth.
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