As the rainy season progresses, water will start flowing in places where it doesn't belong. Especially in areas with high water tables, local residents will be dealing with flooding problems and roof leaks in the coming weeks. And when water becomes trapped in those confined sections of a house, mold is sure to follow.
There are many things homeowners can do to be proactive about getting rid of mold.
The first thing that people need to know is that mold only needs a constant source of moisture to grow and become a massive problem. The top three places it will grow is in the basement, the roof and in the walls.
Here are 9 tips to preventing and eliminating mold
1. Clean up and fix leaks as quickly as possible.2. Use a dehumidifier when there is a known leak or flooding (even if it's light).
3. Ensure living spaces have good ventilation.
4. When mold is still new (it is typically white), it can be cleaned by a mixture of water and bleach.
5. Change the filter in your air conditioner once a year.
6. Look for rotted wood on the exterior of your home. Water will get in and mold will grow inside the walls. Try to seal up the wall or hire a professional to do it for you.
7. Apply or hire a contractor to apply masonry sealer on the walls of your basement and the floor.
8. Buy a HEPA filter for your vacuum. This will prevent the spread of smaller mold particles.
9. Install (or hire a contractor to install) a plastic subflooring that creates a layer of air in between the basement floor and the rug.
The bathroom is a top place for mold to grow, particularly the side of the shower where the curtain meets the wall and is typically not moved. Cleaning your shower curtain and moving it from the corner routinely will help reduce the chances of mold in the bathroom.
For more information please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Walnut Creek/Clayton at (925)930-6690