Summer Mold Damage Prevention Tips
We all love the summer months. The weather is hot and nothing feels better than splashing in the pool or heading to the nearest ocean! It is the perfect time for family activities and cooking burgers in your Scottsdale, Arizona backyard.
That being said summer also becomes more humid and the heat levels are higher. Mold needs humidity and warmth to grow, so it thrives in the summer. Some people also neglect their house cleaning in summer, giving way to mold. Especially with the increase of water needed to run your home during those hot Scottsdale months.
You might be wondering why you would want to deal with this problem in a season where you hardly stay indoors. Well, on top of the unpleasant smell that mold produces, it can also be dangerous to your health. We will dive into how it can affect your health and how you can prevent future mold growth this summer.
MOLD ALLERGY SEASON
You can be allergic to mold. People, who are prone to allergic reactions, experience symptoms like headaches, respiratory problems, and nausea during the summer. With constant exposure, the allergies would only get worse.
The scariest thing about mold is that it multiplies and spreads fast, especially after water damage to your home. It releases airborne spores that settle on clothes, buildings, and practically any surface that is moist. With the increased moisture levels during the summertime, you can find it in several places, if you are not careful.
Knowing the possible consequences for your health, you don't want to experience this problem. The good news is that there are ways that you can prevent mold growth.
HOW TO PREVENT MOLD IN THE SUMMER
You shouldn't wait till you have mold before you start taking action. There are steps that you can take to prevent mold growth, even during the summer. Some of the things you can do are:
Maintain a clean environment
Mold grows in unclean areas, on leftover food, damp clothes, etc. It thrives in areas with higher moisture levels like your bathroom and basement, if they are not adequately cared for. Watch the areas and things that often get wet like your windows. Keep the environment as clean as possible. Your home and office should always be clean and free from excess moisture. You should also ensure that you clean your house before you go on vacation.
Watch the temperature
Mold thrives in high temperatures between 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, during the summer, you should lower the temperature inside your house. Proper ventilation is also essential as stagnant air can breed mold. You should ensure your ventilators and air conditioners are working well.
Check for moisture
Check and repair all places that moisture can be seeping into your house. Areas like your windows, bathroom, kitchen and drains need to be adequately checked. If you notice a dark spot on your ceiling, it might be a sign of a leaking roof. Any leaks or faulty drains will increase the moisture levels, creating a convenient breeding place for mold. You should have an expert take care of any water residue.
Buy a dehumidifier
One of the sure ways to prevent mold is to keep the humidity down. A dehumidifier can help you ensure that the moisture levels are always low. Set it at below 50% consistently and you cut down the risk.
Get rid of mold quickly
If you think you already have mold, you should act quickly to get rid of it. It can take over your home before you even know it. Since mold grows in hidden places and can be difficult to remove on your own, you need an expert service like Sunshine Restoration Mold Services.
We offer three different services to help you ensure your environment is safe from mold.
YOU CAN CONTACT US FOR:
Mold Remediation - This service will help you remove all traces of mold.
Mold Inspection - If you suspect mold due to a particular smell or a recent flood, a mold inspection can help you find it.
Mold Testing - We can help you check if your indoor mold spores amount is higher than normal. We can also give you a laboratory report for an institution like an insurance company.
Water Damage Restoration - If your home has been subject to a water damage disaster, our team of experts who are equipped with the proper equipment can ensure that your home is free of future mold growth due to water damage.
Call us today at 480-912-2619 to keep your house safe from mold!