Learn How To Prevent Mold From Growing In Your Durham Home
Mold Damage and Growth in Your Durham Home's Basement
Finding mold growing in your Durham basement is cause for concern since mold can cause health effects. Basements which are dark and damp are very prone to mold infestations. Once it establishes itself in your basement, mold can be quite challenging to remove. The best way to prevent mold growth in the first place is to control the moisture and humidity in your basement.
Mold damage in your Durham home needs to be addressed as soon as you find it. Otherwise, it continues to grow and spread. SERVPRO technicians are professionally trained in mold remediation and can restore your home quickly, no matter how severe the infestation is. Add this to our excellent customer service, and it is not hard to see why SERVPRO is the choice of many when they have a mold emergency in their home.
To help prevent basement mold, monitor the humidity levels. You have to make sure that the levels of humidity are within levels that are acceptable. A hygrometer can be used to measure the levels of humidity. A reading of 45% or more is high and can encourage the growth of mold. When SERVPRO tech arrives to your home to clean up any present mold, we can take this reading for you. We section off the affected area so that we do not spread the mold spores throughout the rest of your home while we are working and establish negative air pressure inside the plastic barrier.
If you notice that you regularly have high levels of moisture in your basement, you can use a high-quality dehumidifier to keep the levels in check. Also, avoid growing any plants in your basement, as they provide the perfect environment for mold damage to occur. Only grow plants in locations of your home which are airy and sunny.
Congestion is something that can attribute to mold growth as well. Keep the clutter out of your basement. Too many items being stored can block the free flow of air and lower ventilation. Items like books and clothes stored here are food for mold. Store minimal quantities of these types of items away from direct contact with walls or the floor. Wood should also not be stored in your basement for the same reasons.
Ensure that your home is sloped in a way that rain and snow are directed away from your home. Moisture and water otherwise can pool around your structure, increasing leakage and moisture problems. When this happens, mold is pretty much inevitable.
SERVPRO of Durham has the experience to clean up the mold in your home in as quickly as possible before it spreads further. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (603) 868-3343 as soon as you realize there is a problem so we can make your home clean and safe again.
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