All About Mold: Treatment, Identification, and Prevention

Posted by Angela Ostroff on 20 September, 2016

 

There are few words that scare home and business owners more than the word “mold.” Aside from simply being disgusting to smell, look at, or even think about, mold can cause a wide variety of problems in any building, including health risks, structural damage, and, as a result, degradation of property that can ultimately lead to costly repairs. If you are looking for a few simple tips on keeping your home of place of business, look no further. Here are a few of the most important things you can do: 

Dry Wet Areas/Fix Problems Immediately

Mold can only exist in moist or wet situations. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that any wetness caused by flooding or leaking be cleaned up immediately. Furthermore, any consistent problem such as a leaky pipe or consistently flooding basement should be nipped in the bud by fixing the structural problem itself. If you do find existing mold, it should be removed immediately: products such as the RMR Botanical Cleaner & Treatment can help.

 Take Into Consideration Your Location’s Personal Risk of Mold

Depending on the climate, elevation, and numerous other factors, some homes are simply more at risk for flooding, humidity, and other events that can cause mold. For this reason, it is up to you as a home or business owner to assess your building's individual risk and invest properly in keeping it mold-proof and well insured. 

Keep Indoor Humidity Low At All Times

This may go without saying, but high humidity levels indoors are often extremely mold-conducive and for this reason, potentially destructive. Fighting indoor humidity usually means investing in air-conditioning, or at least a dehumidifier, to lower the humidity to a comfortable and healthy level. Most health experts say the perfect humidity level is somewhere between 30 and 60% humidity.

Ventilate Your Home for Proper Air Flow

Fighting humidity also means keeping your home well ventilated. Good airflow can dry wet or moist spots, and keep humidity and mold from accumulating in hard-to-reach or hard-to-notice places. Having well placed vents or windows in important locations such as bathrooms and kitchens can prevent condensed water from building up and leading to large infestations of mold.

Use Mold-Fighting Materials When Renovating Your Home

Luckily for you, numerous household building and decorating materials can now be found in mold-resistant forms. If you find yourself renovating a certain part of your home, consider investing in mold proof paint and drywall--and be sure to remove any mold problems that you do find, as small or large as they may be. This can ultimately mean less work on your part to prevent mold and a more valuable home if you ever are looking to sell it.

Be Aware Of Mold In Unconventional Places

Finally, keeping an eye out for mold in unexpected places is also important if you want to be sure your home is mold free. For example, mold that grows on or in the soil of houseplants can go unnoticed for quite some time before spreading to nearby areas. Being aware of this can help you spot mold before it becomes a problem.

Mold Problems? RMR Solution’s powerful mold fighting tools, such as the RMR Botanical Cleaner and Treatment and the RMR-86 Mold Stain Remover, can help you kill mold growths within seconds and remove the unsightly stains that mold can leave in its wake. Visit RMR solutions online and learn more about how you can take your home back!

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