One of the most important types of home restoration projects we perform is mold remediation. Mold isn’t something you can just wipe up or clean off using a chemical spray. Mold remediation requires specialists to do mold testing, removing the mold, sanitizing the area, and ensuring the mold is contained and not spreading elsewhere.
Of course, prevention is the best way to deal with mold. In cases where flooding or some other disaster creates mold, you don’t have much control. In most other cases, mold growth is preventable as long as you know the right steps to take.
We’re going to go over several of the ways to keep mold out of your home so you don’t have to arrange for mold remediation in Orange County, CA.
1. Maintain balanced humidity
This is easier to do in our drier Southern California climate than it would be in a place like Florida. The problem is people often get complacent because of our climate and don’t realize that humidity can come from more places than just the weather. Water leaks from pipes, poor venting of cooking equipment, and condensation on windows and walls can also create an environment ripe for mold. The ventilation system is a prime spot for mold to develop if the house becomes too humid. Using a whole-house dehumidifier is the best way to ensure balanced humidity. Also, make sure to act fast to have any plumbing problems like leaks fixed. And always dry down your shower after each use!
2. Do regular house cleaning
Regular seasonal cleaning for your home goes a long way toward stopping mold from getting a toe-hold. We recommend cleaning with mold-resistant disinfectants on frequently used surfaces, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. Vacuuming also helps to clean places where mold spores can develop. Investing in professional deep cleaning for your home a few times a year will help tremendously.
3. Keep your home well-ventilated
This is another tactic that helps to prevent high humidity indoors: stagnant and musty air encourages mold growth. Take advantage of our mild California weather and open up windows. Always run exhaust fans in the kitchen and the bathroom to draw up moisture. You can always work with an HVAC company to ensure the ductwork in your home is in good shape.
4. Install UV air purifiers
UV air purifiers are air cleaning devices that zap away organic contaminants moving through your home’s HVAC system. These purifiers help eliminate viruses, bacteria, and mold. This is the best way to prevent mold from growing in the ventilation system or in the AC (which is especially susceptible to mold attacks). Ask your local HVAC contractor about installing UV air purifiers.
5. Watch for warning signs
If you catch mold soon enough, it’s much easier to remove and remediate. Pay attention to warning signs like moldy odors or visible spots of mold or water damage on the walls or ceiling.
No matter what happens with mold in your house, you can trust to our team for the restoration services you need.