Oftentimes, mold arises due to unforeseen circumstances that homeowners and renters can do little to prevent. Just as often, however, the residents of a home or apartment make common mistakes that allow mold to really gain a foothold. And the most common scenario involves some combination of the two possibilities.
Perhaps the best way to avoid such mistakes is to understand what they look like in practice. That's why, in this article, we're going to present what we'll call ‘the perfect storm.’ As you might imagine, this is a hypothesis scenario in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Although such a situation may seem unlikely, it is actually surprisingly common just how many homeowners ignore multiple warning signs of a severe mold infestation -- or even contribute to their own existing mold troubles. Read on with care: the odds are actually very good that you are committing at least one of the mistakes you will soon learn about.
Step one: negligent oversight. Regardless of how large or how small your living space may be, there are bound to be a few places that you don’t view with regularity in your daily routine. Examples may include your basement, your crawlspace, your attic, or even the space under the sink. In order to prevent mold infestations, however, it is important to perform periodic checks of your home in order to preempt potential problems.
Step two: a moisture problem arises. Mold cannot grow without a source of moisture -- which is why controlling moisture is the best strategy to prevent mold infestations. But, all too often, a moisture source does arise, perhaps in the form of a dripping pipe, or condensation on the attic window, or even simply from a humid climate.
Step three: a catastrophic event. In extreme cases, mold can be the result of a major problem such as flooding from a leaky roof or a broken pipe. If your home is damaged by water, mold will grow unless action is taken to stop it.
Step four: failure to ventilate. Moisture in the home can be remediated a little with regular ventilation. Homes that experience mold problems often tend to lack ventilation, either due to a lack of windows or to the owner’s own negligence.
Step five: a mold problem develops...and is ignored. By the time you can smell that distinctive musty odor of mold, the odds are good that a large quantity of mold has grown. (Whether visible or not.) If you do see mold, the odds are also good that there is a large amount of hidden growth as well. As soon as you detect mold, action should be taken to remediate it. The longer mold is left unchecked, the more it will spread, and the more difficult, costly, and time-consuming it will become to remediate.
Step six: inadequate cleaning procedures employed. In order to stop mold in its tracks, powerful cleaning products such as RMR Solution’s Botanical Cleaner and Treatment are needed. Although lesser products can temporarily remove the appearance of mold, fungal spores are very resilient, and are bound to return unless treated with the most effective of products. Visit RMR Solutions online today to learn more.