I don’t know about you, but the only kind of mold I want in my home is a nice aged Gouda. Otherwise, excessive amounts of mold in the home is no friend of ours and unfortunately very common! Especially in a place that is naturally humid like Hawaii, it’s important to monitor and control mold growth in your home; however, controlling the moisture that causes mold in our island homes is no easy task.
Even if not visible, mold, a common fungus found living inside and outside of the home, can pose minute to serious health issues, triggering allergies and asthma symptoms when inhaled.
While it’s never a question of if you have mold in your home as mold is typically present in most homes at some level, its presence once visible could be a sign that there is a much larger mold colony growing in places out of view. Symptoms of harmful mold growth range from agitated allergies, runny nose, sore eyes, and nasal congestion. Asthma systems when inhaled are also common.
Because mold is a living organism, homes and the materials inside of them unfortunately offer the best growth environment providing both food sources - drywall, wood, paper, carpet, grout, fabrics – and the proper conditions for colonizing—a warm, damp environment.
Mold growth breakouts spanning an area of more than 10 square feet or if caused by a sewage spill should ALWAYS be addressed by certified mold remediation personnel (like Premier Restoration Hawaii). However, before it ever gets to this level of severity,
Here are SIX ways you can control the mold in your home:
1. Identify water intrusion areas in your home – leaky pipes and areas of water intrusion into the home should be identified and fixed immediately to avoid slow or unidentified leaks from turning into large outbreaks of visible mold. Contact a certified mold remediation technician immediately to address the extent of the damages and the scope of work needed.
2. Keep. it. dry! – Mold can only grow with moisture, so identify places were water has seeped into the property and tackle it right away. If dealing with a leaky pipe, avoid leaving water to accumulate a puddle under your bathroom sink for example and instead wipe it up as soon and as often as possible until the leak is fixed. Avoid leaving wet items in the home, for example a water-damaged carpet or furniture.
3. Properly ventilate your home – Without proper ventilation in high-moisture areas like the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, mold is likely to grow. Be sure to properly ventilate appliances. For example, the vent to your dryer and stove should go to the outside and not to areas where moisture can get trapped by a ceiling or pushed to the attic.
4. Monitor indoor humidity – The recommended indoor humidity is 30 and 60 percent. This measurement can be taken with a moisture reader, a tool commonly used in our industry. However, excessive moisture and humidity can be visually recorded as well. For example, condensation on pipes, walls and the inside of windows.
5. Clean and repair gutters and direct water away from the foundation of your home – That leak in your roof could be directly due to a gutter clogged by debris. Be sure to routinely clean your gutters and have the water drain directed away from the foundation of the home where water can accumulate, causing flooding and long standing damp areas after heavy rains.
6. Increase air flow in the home – You guys, we live in Hawai’i! We are so lucky to be able to open our doors to some of the best air the world over! increase circulation in the home by opening closed doors between separate rooms as well as to closets. The fresh air will reduce the moisture that accumulates as the temperature indoor drops compared to the outside air.
Call Us Today for a Mold Remediation Assessment
At Premier Restoration Hawaii, we treat your home as if it were our own. If you have any visible mold or respiratory agitation you think may be linked to the presence of mold, please call us today to schedule a mold remediation assessment with one of our certified technicians.
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