We spend our days inspecting, testing and removing mold from Raleigh area homes and businesses, but if you follow these tips you can prevent mold before it starts. Of course if everyone followed our advice we could conceivably go out of business, but not everyone is as smart as you.
And, if truth be told, there is a good bit of mold out there right now and if we had to clean it all, we’d be busy for a good long while. We also know that mold can have a serious impact on your overall health and the bottom line is – we want our community to be as healthy as possible. So, we are glad you found this article – let’s get started:
6 Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Home or Business
As you read through these tips you are going to notice a theme: mold needs moisture to grow! So, our tips seek to remove and reduce moisture accumulation in your building.
1. Complete Your Own Building Inspection
Since moisture is always the precursor to mold take a good look around your home to see if their are any signs of water intrusion. All you’ll need is a good flash light and a little investigative interest to perform this task.
On the outside of our house, look at the gutters and downspouts, are their any water stains on the wood behind the gutters or near the roof? Check to make sure your crawl space vents are open and that air flow is not blocked by landscaping or other objects. Look at any exposed parts of the foundation and note if there are any damp areas of brick or concrete.
On the inside check ceilings and walls for stains, get up in the attic and take a good look around. If you have a basement look for moisture signs there. If you have an accessible crawl space, inspect it for signs of moisture and mold. If you have a window that often develops condensation, it is worth evaluating that situation as well.
Based on the outcome of your inspection you may have a list of work to be done. Whether you hire a professional or decide to do the work on your own, it is worth paying the price now to address the issues rather than having to perform a costly remediation down the road.
2. Ensure Proper Ventilation
There is always going to be moisture inside your home, your job is to make sure there is proper ventilation to ensure it dries up before mold can get a foothold. Ensure you have proper ventilation in all rooms, especially:
- Laundry room
- Crawl space or basement
Make sure dryer, stove, and bathroom vents are routed outdoors, rather than into an attic or crawlspace!
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Atlantic Mold is Raleigh’s Premier Mold Removal Company. Atlantic Mold is a long-standing member of the National Association of Mold Professionals and is fully certified and insured to perform any and all types of mold inspection, mold testing, and mold remediation projects.
We provide mold services in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia from our home in Fuquay-Varina.
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