[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] 5 MAJOR STEPS FOR PREVENTING MOLD IN A BUILDING [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] They might be super tiny, microscopic organisms that don’t seem to be that dangerous. But when not treated early, mold can be the single worst cause of any building deterioration. It doesn’t matter whether the materials you used in building your home or commercial space are the best of their kind. Mold can thrive in most surfaces as long as moisture and oxygen are available. And treating mold is not a cheap undertaking. Depending on the extent of damage, expect to spend around $2,233 to $6,000, according to Home Advisor. Well, it doesn’t always have to end this way. Before you break your bank to address hefty mold damage in your property, there are ways to prevent it. We summarize them into five crucial steps. Know the major causes of mold build-up. Instead of addressing the outcome (which is basically mold damage), you want to address the root cause of the problem. There are many possible causes of mold growth. However, it is worth noting that mold feeds on moisture. Whenever there is moisture, mold build-up is likely to take place. Below are the major causes of mold damage in any building: Poor ventilation – poorly ventilated rooms, excessive moisture in the building due to defects, use of gas heaters, and the like makes a great breeding ground for mold. Moving air through proper ventilation is one of the best approaches to preventing mold growth. Consider using air movers and dehumidifiers across rooms especially when trying to dry wet surfaces like carpets and wood. Leaks and water damage – disregarding even minor plumbing issues is one of the easiest ways to spark the growth of mold. Regularly check for possible leaks in your plumbing fixtures, especially pipes, toilets, water tanks, and drains. Basements also contain plumbing parts. If your home or building got serious water damage due to flooding, it can be helpful to seek help from professional water damage inspectors as there are leak sources that may not be visible to your eyes. Clean and seal surfaces. Clean existing mold build-up around your building to keep them from spreading. If the area is just small, you can clean it yourself using either DIY solutions like soap + water or water + vinegar mixture or a chemical agent. However, if the mold build-up seems too large to handle, it’s best to seek professional help. Keeping basements and crawl spaces clean and dry is essential to preventing mold. Clean interior foundation and slab surfaces and then seal them with paint afterward. Keep water and moisture in check. A humidity level of 70% makes a perfect environment for mold. You can purchase a humidity meter your local hardware to easily keep track of the humidity level in your building. Nonetheless, telltale signs of high humidity include condensation on windows, walls, and pipes. In addition to installing air movers and dehumidifiers, take steps to prevent water infiltration around your building. After a heavy rain, examine your gutters and downspouts for clogs and clean debris. If necessary, install downspout extenders. Furthermore, monitor areas that are susceptible to mold, such as the kitchen, closet, floor around toilets, cabinets near sinks, etc. Check your building exterior. Building issues arising from mold build-up usually starts in exterior surfaces which are highly exposed to extreme weather conditions such as the roof and walls. Roofing problems such as missing gutters and broken shingles, for instance, are usually the cause of wet basements and crawl spaces. A certified building inspector can provide you a detailed report with suggestions and remedies to waterproof your exteriors and ensure that the construction, landscaping and exterior foundation. Address issues as they occur. Cracked walls, unsealed windows and leaky roofs should be dealt with immediately. Take note that every building’s needs are not the same. If you see a major mold damage, the best thing to do is to call a mold remediation specialist. Invest in mold-resistant materials. On your next renovation project, consider using mold-resistant drywall or Sheetrock, paper-faced drywall, solid lumber, sheathing plywood, place board, and mold inhibitors for paints especially in areas where there’s a relatively higher moisture level like bathroom, basement, and kitchen. Bricks make a great building material against mold too but only if it’s done right. Mold problems are a commonplace among residential and commercial buildings. Unavoidable factors like water, flooding, increasing humidity levels, oxygen, and air flow make any building prone to mold build-up and damage. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to prevent it. There are effective ways to stop mold growth even before they occur and cause you a lot of money on repairs. Of course, it begins with understanding the major causes of mold build-up. Next are cleaning and sealing surfaces, keeping water and moisture levels in check, waterproofing exteriors, and using mold-resistant materials. 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Exposure to mold can cause various health problems ranging from minor irritations to allergic reactions and even serious lung infections. Mold thrives in moist areas. Therefore, to prevent mold growth in your home, you must control moisture levels. Check out this list of mold prevention tips:1. Repair leaks in the walls, roof, gutters and plumbing pipes as soon as you can to reduce moisture. Inspect ceilings and walls for water stains.2. Keep indoor humidity at 30-50% by using a dehumidifier, air conditioner or by opening windows and doors. Check the humidity levels at least twice a day.3. Prevent condensation in your home by reducing humidity and adjusting the thermostat.4. Ventilate appliances that generate moisture (cooking stove, shower, dryer, etc.) using exhaust fans.5. Have your HVAC system inspected annually by a certified professional. Make sure your HVAC drip pans are clean and flow properly.6. After a flood, all wet areas in your home must be cleaned and dried within 48-72 hours by a professional water damage specialist.7. Prevent mold growth on indoor plant soil by adding a small quantity of Taheebo tea to the water you give to the plants.8. Use mold-resistant paint, drywall, and sheetrock to prevent moisture absorption in your walls.9. Slope the ground surrounding your home away from the house foundation to keep water at bay. Provide drainage to direct water away from your home.10. Clean gutters. Assure water flow from downspouts is directed away from the foundation....

Mold Damage Symptoms Mold-sensitive individuals may exhibit allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, itchy eyes, wheezing and skin irritation. Moreover, mold can trigger asthmatic symptoms that include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Mold exposure can also cause irritant reactions, in which case the symptoms are similar to those of an allergic reaction: coughing, runny nose, eye irritation and more.Mold allergies are the most common effects of mold on sensitive people. Both the mold itself and mold spores may lead to allergic reactions. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to mold include:Sneezing Itchy eyes, nose, and throat Watery eyes Redness of the eyes Runny or stuffy nose A cough and postnasal drip Wheezing Rashes or skin irritationFurthermore, mold or mold spores can cause asthma attacks to those who suffer from asthma. The signs and symptoms of a mold-induced asthma attack include:Shortness of breath Chest tightness Wheezing CoughingPeople exposed to mold can also show symptoms of an irritant reaction:Headache Skin irritation Eye irritation Cough Hoarseness Runny noseYou can be affected by mold even if you’re not allergic to mold. Various health problems can result from mold exposure, such as skin infections, flu-like diseases, and pneumonia. In the worst cases, mold exposure can severely affect people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease.It’s very difficult to predict how severe the health risks associated with mold in a home can be. The degree of severity of the potential health problems differs from person to person. The length of the exposure to mold and the type of mold are also important factors in determining the health risks....

Mold and mildew are types of fungi that share common features but also differ in many ways. While both fungi grow in damp and humid areas, they can affect your health and home differently. Knowing the differences between mold and mildew can help you know how to approach the problem. Read on to learn what separates mold from mildew: Mold Prevention and Removal  As mold and mildew thrive in humid environments, it is important to keep your property dry to prevent growth. Repair leaks, use a dehumidifier to keep humidity at 30-50% and ventilate appliances. Learn more mold prevention tips.Removing mold and mildew yourself can be difficult and damaging to your health. For small infected areas – less than 10 square feet – on surfaces like walls, scrub the mold with a mixture of household detergent and water. If the affected area is larger than 10 square feet, the safest and most efficient way to remove the mold is to call a mold remediation company. Learn why DIY mold removal is not a good idea.Mildew on plants can be removed by wiping the leaves gently with a dampened paper towel. After each wipe, freshen the paper towel. Replace the paper towel when all parts have touched the moldy surfaces and cut off any leaves that still have mold visible on them.Among the many kinds of molds that can grow indoors, black mold is one of the most infamous. Learn about black mold removal. Contact your local PuroClean office for mold remediation services and water damage repair. Where does Mold Grow? Both mold and mildew can grow in damp areas in homes and outdoors. They need an organic food source, such as drywall, wood, plants or soil.Mold can grow on any organic surface in a home. Given enough time, mold can cause materials to rot and destroy the structural components of a home. Mildew grows mostly on plants and can kill them if not removed in time. Mildew is also the name of the plant diseases caused by parasitic fungi. What does Mold look like? Mold is usually fuzzy or slimy, whereas mildew appears either powdery or downy. Downy mildew is yellow at first and turns to brownish yellow later on. Powdery mildew is white, and then turns yellow and black when it matures.Mold appears as irregularly shaped spots that can have different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black or white. Mildew usually grows in a flat pattern and appears as white, gray, or yellowish patches that turn black or brown over time. Mold Exposure Symptoms Mold exposure can cause several health problems such as allergic reactions (sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, irritation of the throat, rashes, etc.), respiratory problems (difficulty breathing, coughing, asthma attacks), heart problems, migraines, depression, and more. Mildew exposure poses fewer health risks – coughing, headaches, sore throat, and respiratory problems. Benefits of Mold Some molds are beneficial, for example, Penicillium is used to make antibiotics and can also be used in the production of cheese and tofu. Mildew does not have any known benefits. ...