Great Article on Preventing Mold!
A great home cleaning company will be able to help you remove visible mold and mildew, especially what grows in bath tubs and sinks.
As the weather is warming (at least in some parts of the country), mold and mildew have a nasty habit of beginning to surface. The spores have lain mostly dormant during the colder months, but are likely to wake up from their long winter’s nap with increasingly warm and moist (from humidity) areas that just scream “come party with me”!
A great home cleaning company will be able to help you remove visible mold and mildew, especially what grows in bath tubs and sinks. A disinfectant that can actually kill mold and mildew has to list them on the label; if mold and mildew aren’t listed on the label, then the disinfectant, no matter how strong it is, will not get you where you want to be. Also be sure that you read the directions very carefully; most cleaning solutions have a different set of instructions for cleaning versus disinfecting: often using the solution full strength, keeping the surface visibly wet with the solution for up to 15 minutes, and then rinsing very thoroughly with lots of water. This can be such a hassle that many folks just call our cleaning service .
But true mold remediation is a special type of cleaning service that requires training and certification; mold remediation specialists can identify the sources of the mold under your home, within the walls, deep down in your plumbing or HVAC system, and then prepare a solution to both kill active mold and spores and remove the sources. With your health on the line, you don’t want to skimp on a good mold remediation program if it becomes necessary.
But before you get to that step, here are some great Mold Prevention Tips that you can do to avoid such a costly service:
- fix leaky plumbing as soon as you suspect it
- keep an eye out for condensation on windows that lasts all day
- repair all sources of moisture issues as soon as possible
- use your furnace fan to move air around your home
- check your water heater’s drip pan to ensure it’s dry and not harboring organic growth
- be sure your vents (dryers and microwaves) vent outside
- if an area that was damp grew anything, treat it with a fungicide while it’s still damp
- check your foundation; don’t let water pool up next to it; install drainage where necessary
- check your gutters; if they are contributing to puddles around your home, get them optimized
Special thanks to Brilliant Services of Garden City, Iowa, for such great, simple DIY tips for preventing mold and avoiding costly remediation services!
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