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Tips For Mold Prevention

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Mold is all around us, there is no escaping it. With that in mind, not every type of mold out there is bad. In fact, without some strains of mold antibiotics such as penicillin or certain types of cheese would not exist. Even with the advancements mold has made in medicine or the creation of delicious cheese, we definitely do not want mold in our homes. When it comes to mold there is an abundance of misinformation available out there, which can prove costly for homeowners in terms of their health, wellness, and finances. As a homeowner, having a basic understanding of mold and the damage it can cause is essential. When you have this basic understanding, you will know when you need to call on a team of professionals to relieve the stress of dealing with the mold and when you can handle the situation on your own.

What is mold?

Mold is a living microorganism and a form of fungi like mushrooms. With over 100,000 species of mold, it comes in every shape, color, and size you can think of. You will not be able to tell if mold is toxic by just looking at it, the mold will need to be tested by a professional. Any mold growing in your home should be removed regardless of the color, size, or shape.

Mold thrives in damp areas so when you do spot mold growth you may want to check for any water damage or excess moisture in the area.

3 Great Mold Prevention Tips

  1.  Identify the problem areas in your home and take steps to correct them. Watch the level of moisture in your home, dry any wet spots immediately, have proper ventilation and air circulation. The EPA recommends keeping the humidity levels in your home or business between 30 and 60 percent. Mold cannot thrive without moisture.
  2. Correct any moisture issues. Immediately wipe up moisture and research the area to find out where the water comes from. Replace water hoses. Regularly check hoses to washing machine and refrigerator for any cracks or bulges, in as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health problems and significant damage to your property.
  3. Check the outside of your home for water leaks, check water faucets for rust or corrosion, maintain rain gutters to prevent water from backing up and find small cracks or crevice in your roofing materials. Replace any missing, cracked, or damaged shingles. Re-check the exterior of your home after any major storm and after each season to ensure that roof is in good shape.

If you think you have mold growing in your home it would be a good idea to call a team of professionals in to test for mold, then have them remove it immediately. K-Tech Kleening has been serving Minocqua and surrounding areas for over three decades. Give K-Tech Kleening a call today and see what they can do for you and your family.

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