Mold is never an item that a home or business owner wishes to see. Any experienced mold prevention specialist will tell you that homeowners consistently try to destroy mold themselves only to discover that it keeps coming back. There are numerous reasons for this, but the two main reasons are poor mold prevention and even more ineffective treatment. It’s important to remember, that West Palm Beach homes are exposed to high levels of moisture and humidity. This creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive. You can actively combat it, however, using a few simple methods.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that can be grows around both the interior and exterior of your home. It usually begins to grow in dark damp places where moisture is abundant. Although some mold is easily detectable, not all mold is visible. For instance, you’ve probably seen dark spots around your framework, foundation, or along the walls of your bathroom or kitchen. If you have tile flooring – which generally traps water – you may have noticed mold along the grout line. But in some cases mold that is completely invisible can go air borne and be inhaled creating hazardous health problems or allergies. There is professional equipment used by mold prevention experts that can accurately detect mold no matter it’s located.
Where Is The Mold In My House?
In Southeast Florida mold has the potential to grow anywhere in your home. From the attic to the sub-flooring, there is no safe place. But the most common areas are room in which water is commonly present. Such areas may include your bathroom, kitchen, utility room, a basement and in hidden areas like the inner walls, attics, along the foundation or around the base in the exterior. Mold can thrive along your roof which gets the most exposure to rain and high humidity. You can spot mold around plumbing and areas where drainage is frequently occurs.
The best thing you can do to eliminate or minimize mold is to keep a clean house. Regularly vacuum your carpet, dust your furniture and mop your floors preferably using anti-bacterial cleaners. Wipe down all counters and cabinets and create a healthy environment. You may also want to invest in an air purifier or a dehumidifier which helps to keep the air at moderately dry levels. Open the doors in all of your closets and enclosed spaces from time to time. This will allow fresh air to enter and keep your closets from becoming stale. Wipe up any water or moisture from your floors on a consistent basis and never let puddles sit and dry on their own. Have your plumbing, water heaters, and appliances inspected for any leakage.
Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioner Maintenance
Sometimes the problem can be that your air conditioner is creating a moist environment by pushing humid air into every room. This generally means that there is a problem with your system and it needs to be inspected. Ceiling fans act as a great supplement to HVAC systems in that they circulate air and keep it flowing throughout the house. Make sure all your equipment is working properly. You may also want to make sure that all connections are tightened and there are no leaks in your heater or AC.