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Ways to help prevent mold growth in your Saugerties home

11/9/2019 (Permalink)

Large black mold spores growing on a white interior wall There are a number of ways you can help deter mold growth in your home.

There is no way around it, the plain truth is that mold exists everywhere. Not to panic, as not all forms are harmful or able to thrive. Mold needs moisture and a temperature above 32 degrees to live and thrive, as well as an organic food source to help it along (think wood, cardboard and soap). Mold spores can be found in almost any climate, in any home and often you’ll smell it before you can pinpoint its source.

Mold, or microbial growth, which always comes from water damage in one form or another, is believed the #1 indoor air quality problem in U.S. housing. Untreated or un-remedied water damage can lead to mold growth. Mold itself can cause health issues and can lead to cosmetic problems in the home and structural rot.

Controlling moisture in wood-based products like framing lumber and sheathing (typically used when building a home) by water management principles used by builders, helps deter mold growth by driving water away from the home or sloped away from the structure. Home builders and contractors are under more restriction than ever before with building materials and practices to avoid an environment that would aid in microbial spore growth.

As a homeowner, do your own due diligence and make sure to check for leaks periodically in places like throughout the bathroom, under sinks, around washing appliances of any sort, the basement and attic spaces. If you’ve noticed a leak, can see mold growth or started to smell that famous smell, get it repaired as soon as possible and then call in the experts to get rid of any mold that might have developed.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has been taking care of mold remediation since 1992. We offer FREE estimates on mold damage and our professionals are certified in mold remediation.  Trust your home to the local experts, call us today to schedule your free mold estimate, 845-255-4334.

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