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4 Tips for Preventing Mold

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 4 Tips for Preventing Mold Mold damage on wall in South Pasadena,FL

How to Prevent Mold

Mold growth in your commercial property in South Pasadena, FL, is not always an easy problem to fix. You have to hire professionals to clean it thoroughly, and you may have to replace drywall, furniture, carpet, ceiling tiles and important documents before the issue is resolved. Lingering water damage is a common culprit in the proliferation of mold, potentially forming patches in as little as 24 hours. Here are four ways to prevent that from happening.

1. Use Mold-Resistant Materials

Many builders use drywall that is made of fiberglass instead of paper fibers. This material resists the growth of mold by not allowing it to root into it. Paint with mold inhibitors is another way to protect your walls. This sort of protection is especially useful if a pipe bursts and causes excess moisture damage that you may not see right away.

2. Maintain Proper Air Flow

Air flow helps keep moisture in the air from settling on surfaces and thus helps with mold prevention. You can increase air flow by keeping doors open, leaving space between the furniture and walls and letting in fresh air. Good ventilation is also important, especially in areas of the building such as restrooms or break rooms where extra moisture may be present.

3. Mitigate Damage Quickly

If you do notice water damage in your building, don't wait to remedy it. Call water mitigation experts at the first sign that you have a leak or flooding issue.

4. Watch Humidity Levels

A telltale sign that the moisture in the air is too high is condensation on windows, walls and pipes. Humidity levels over 45% could lead to a mold problem. You can monitor the humidity in your building with a simple moisture meter, available for purchase at most hardware stores.

Mold is easier and less expensive to avoid than to correct. By addressing water damage quickly and taking other preventative measures, you may be able to keep mold growth at bay.

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