Tips for mold remediation and prevention
Mold can be an ever growing, pesky problem that, if not taken care of quickly, can last forever and cause serious health issues. Better Business Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency advise homeowners to be proactive when it comes to dealing with mold and mildew.
According to the EPA’s Mold Guide, mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Mold can grow anywhere: on wood, paper, carpet and even food.
When considering mold removal, homeowners can choose to tackle the problem on their own or consult an experienced contractor. Either way, BBB advises homeowners to do their research.
BBB and the EPA advise homeowners to consider the following tips for mold remediation:
Know your risks and side effects. There are many health risks associated with mold. Some may experience an allergic reaction and, in a worst case scenario, mold can cause severe respiratory issues.
Be proactive. The EPA attests that there is no practical way to remove all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. But to help control indoor mold growth, you have to control the moisture. For example:
- If you notice a leak in your shower faucet or sink, repair it immediately to avoid creating an ideal habitat for mold.
- Clean and dry any wet or damp surfaces within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Vent all bathrooms, kitchens and other moisture-generating sources to reduce indoor humidity and prevent mold growth.
Choose wisely when picking a contractor. Visit bbb.org to research any contractor your are considering for mold remediation services. Check the company’s BBB Business Review to see any past history of complaints and how the company responded to those complaints. You can also visit BBB’s online directory of Accredited Businesses to find a contractor who meets BBB’s rigorous Standards for Accredidation.