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New Year, No Mold

mold-testing_clip_image001With the arrival of the New Year here, many people are trying to uphold resolutions they have made for this year. Whether it’s for their personal lives or for career advances. January is crunch-time for those resolutions. You may be on your way to a fresh start, but your house may not, and we understand that this can be frustrating.  Make 2016 a mold free year by making sure your house is protected from mold growth and airborne mold spores.

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

moldclean_jpg_653x0_q80_crop-smartMold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can’t see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.

Not only is a mold problem difficult and costly to fix, but mold can also produce allergens and irritants (and, rarely, toxins) that may compromise your health.

So what can you do if you’re concerned about mold growing in your home? The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.

Here are some ways you can help control moisture and mold growth:

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.
  2. Dry wet areas immediately.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products.
  5. Monitor humidity indoors.
  6. Direct water away from your home.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters.
  8. Improve air flow in your home.
  9. Keep mold off household plants.

Damage from moisture and mold can be costly to repair. If you see any signs of water intrusion or mold starting to form, call P.R.S. of Tampa Bay at 727-NO-WATER.

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http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#where

http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/how-to-prevent-mold-9-tips

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