Keeping mold out of your home is never a “one and done” deal. Maintaining a mold-free residence is an ongoing process that can occasionally require mold removal services for your Orange County residence. To help you enjoy a healthier home with better indoor air quality, review more ways you could accidentally allow mold to thrive in the residence.
Letting Wet Towels & Clothes Remain in Piles
Most mold strains are huge fans of dark, damp environments. Since the detrimental fungi breaks down organic materials, such as non-synthetic fabrics, it can easily appear on damp clothing, bedding, and towels. If you allow piles of wet laundry to remain in your bathroom, basement, or anywhere else in your home, mold starts growing within 48 to 72 hours. You might notice that wet laundry has that familiar musty odor or that the room containing the laundry smells musty. Laundering damp clothing, towels, and linens as soon as possible does not give mold the opportunity to flourish.
Not Using a Dehumidifier in a Damp Basement
Basements are naturally dark and damp, since they are below ground. If your basement is damp but there is no dehumidifier in place, mold starts to form. The same is true of a dehumidifier that is too small for the place, especially if parts of the floor are uncovered and allow groundwater to rise in the event of a flood. Investing in a dehumidifier that accommodates your basement’s square footage and emptying it regularly keeps your basement dry and mold-free.
Failing to Have the Roof Inspected After Major Storms
Severe storms can contribute to mold growth via ripped-off shingles, broken shingles, damaged flashing, and debris-filled gutters. It is always a good idea to inspect your roof with binoculars after a storm to look for damage and schedule the necessary repairs, or request professional inspections. Without the necessary repairs, rainwater infiltrates the roof, causing wood rot and mold growth. You’ll also need to clean your gutters at least twice a year, since clogged gutters cause roof and basement water damage that creates conditions for mold.