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Reducing the Risk of Residential Mold in Your Fort Myers Home

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

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Fort Myers Residential Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

Residential mold in Cape Coral can be an ongoing problem due to Florida's high humidity levels. Because mold can damage your home, being vigilant when it comes to residential mold prevention in Fort Myers is a must. To protect yourself, your family and your home, you should have a basic understanding of what conditions allow mold to grow, where it tends to thrive and how to inhibit if not, prevent it.

What Mold Needs to Grow
Mold requires two factors to proliferate: moisture and organic materials. All Fort Myers homes contain organic materials that mold will consume. It can survive off wood, including wooden window frames, wall studs, and rafters. Moisture and water often get into the home through leaking pipes or leaks in the walls or roof.

Where Mold Grows
Mold spores can be found anywhere in or outdoors. A problem occurs when those spores begin to grow and spread. The mold is most likely to start to grow wherever there is moisture. One of the most common places to find mold growing is in the bathroom as water from the shower or bathtub provides plenty of moisture. Basements, laundry rooms, and crawlspaces, which are often dark and damp, are also prime locations to find mold. However, mold can grow on almost anything or in any room. It's not uncommon to see mold growing on carpet, damp furniture or even appliances.

Controlling Moisture Levels
Because mold needs moisture to grow, the easiest way to prevent residential mold growth is to control moisture levels throughout the home. The humidity levels in your home should not exceed more than 50 percent no matter what time of day. If relative humidity levels are constantly over 50 percent in specific rooms or throughout the home, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier or utilize your air conditioner. You can use a simple hygrometer to test humidity levels.

Several visual cues indicate that your humidity levels are too high. Condensation on your windows, mirrors or other glass surfaces means that moisture levels have built up in those areas. Wet stains on the walls or ceiling are also critical indications. If some of your family members have mold allergies, an increase in allergic reactions may be noted. This may cause health effects.

Vigilance Is Key
Even if you take steps to control your moisture levels, it only takes a leaking pipe or a minor flood to allow mold to grow. Because some leaks cannot be detected until damage has already occurred, you want to keep an eye out for mold spots. Catching it early and acting can be the difference between a quick fix and major mold remediation and repairs.

Get Help Fast
Our mold remediation technicians are trained to contain mold so that you don't have to worry about structural damage to your home. If we do find mold in your Fort Myers property, we'll work quickly to remove safely infested materials and help you inhibit mold growth in the future. If you discover mold in your Cape Coral home or suspect that you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 as soon as possible.

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO of Cape Coral has trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. We proudly serve the communities of North Fort Myers, Naples, and Fort Myers. Call for 24/7 service. (239) 573-5911

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