Control Potential Water Sources
To prevent mold growth, control the places where water can get in and cause damage. Water can enter the home and cause damage from the following sources:
- Outdoors – rain, snow, or plant irrigation systems allow water in through leaking roofs, windows, siding, crawl spaces, etc.
- Indoors – bathing/showering, cooking, indoor plants, or pet urine
- Building sources – excessive moisture allowed within building during the construction/renovation process; temporary holes in roofing, walls, or siding
- Leaks – plumbing or washing machine leaks (especially from the hot water line), dishwasher backups or pump failure, leaking ice maker water line to refrigerators, toilet overflows, and slow water pipe leaks inside walls, etc.
- Condensation – from poorly insulated windows or cold surfaces
Cleanup & Remediation (Fixing the Problem)
Once a mold problem has been identified, Mold Cleanup, what to clean, and what to throw away.
Repair Leaks Quickly
Because mold and bacteria grow very rapidly, it is important to Mold Remediation immediately. This means removing the source of moisture. If not fixed, the mold will simply grow back. Without moisture, microbes cannot grow and will not be a health concern indoors.
Dry Wet Areas Within 48 Hours
Mold and bacteria grow quickly. Microbe growth can increase significantly in as little as 48 hours so it is important to dry water-damaged areas within 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Without moisture, mold cannot grow and will not be a health concern. If building materials that support mold and bacterial growth are not dried immediately, they must be removed. If not, mold growth occurs, and although the material is dried, the mold spores remain.