Tips for Keeping Mold Out of Your Oceanside CA Home
Mold is found everywhere, even in Oceanside, CA homes. It can enter your home in many ways. Mold can get in through open doors and windows, vents, and HVAC systems. You can also carry it on your shoes, clothing, bags, etc. Your pets can bring mold into the house as well.
Molds reproduce by releasing microscopic spores into the environment. These invisible spores float through the air until they alight on a suitable surface. In an indoor setting, this can include a wide range of organic media, including paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, wallpaper, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
Mold spores can sprout in just about any part of a house. All they require to get started is a little moisture.
Once mold starts to grow, it can cause all kinds of problems. It fills your home with a musty, unpleasant odor. Worse, molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances, such as mycotoxins, which can cause adverse health problems when they are inhaled or come into contact with the skin.
Molds deteriorate the surfaces on which they grow, which can result in serious property damage to a home. Unchecked mold growth can lead to the collapse of ceilings, floors, and walls as well as the destruction of carpets, rugs, clothing, furniture, artwork, etc.
It is almost impossible to keep mold spores out of your home. However, there are many ways homeowners can keep mold growth under control. Moisture control is the key to controlling mold growth within your home.
- Monitor your indoor humidity levels. Try to keep them as low as possible – between 30% and 50%. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep the home moisture level under control.
- Check to make sure your home has suitable ventilation and circulation to keep the air dry. Install outside venting exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathroom, and clothes dryer to remove humid air from the home. If you can’t install fans, try opening a window when taking a shower or bath. Avoid placing carpet in bathrooms or basements and other rooms and areas that can have a lot of moisture. Clean your bathrooms using mold-killing products.
- Thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings immediately following a flood. Water-damaged areas and items should be cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If the damage is too extensive, contact a professional
- Fix any water leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing that can cause mold growth. Have your home inspected for hidden home water leaks. Any water leaks need to be repaired before the mold problem can be addressed.
If you already have a mold problem, it’s important to act quickly. The longer mold is allowed to grow inside your home the farther it will spread and the more damage it will do.
1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration has been providing outstanding mold remediation services to home and business owners in Oceanside, CA, and surrounding communities since 2012. Our six-step mold damage restoration process removes the mold from your home, repairs and restores mold damage, and includes steps to prevent future mold problems.
Don’t let mold growth threaten the value of your home and the health of your family. Contact the mold damage experts at 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration without delay. You can reach us through our website or call us at 866-437-0205 to schedule a visit from an experienced home mold removal specialist.