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Moisture and Mold

Mar 29, 2018 02:39PM ● By Kyle Hass

Home and business owners, tenants and apartment dwellers can be challenged by misinformation about mold. Each situation is different, and education is key. Mold cannot grow without a moisture source; however, remediation is recommended only after the source of mold growth has been found and fixed. 

 

Timely cleanup can make a big difference in the impact water damage has on a home or business. It is important to properly mitigate the water as soon as possible to remove moisture and prevent the start of microbial (mold) growth. Timing is critical because mold will always grow if water is not properly stopped and the area is improperly dried.  

 

Mold can grow in unexpected places, such as on drywall paper, cardboard, behind wallpaper and under a vinyl floor, where the adhesive binding wallpaper and vinyl flooring to surfaces becomes a food source for mold. If unfinished basement walls are coated with waterproof paint, mold can grow on the paint.  

 

Be cautious when storing excessive belongings in a basement. The more crammed a basement is, the less ventilation it has, creating an environment conducive to mold growth. Combat unwanted moisture by running a dehumidifier large enough to handle the basement’s square footage. 

 

It is important to make sure that bathroom and kitchen fans are not ventilated to the attic and to check the ventilation system of the attic itself. Proper ventilation requires a balance between air intake and air exhaust to prevent moisture buildup. 

 

Because mold can have a detrimental effect on health, there are steps to take when mold is suspected of being present. Find and fix the source of moisture that is causing the mold growth. Do not introduce air movement directly onto the affected area, as this could promote cross-contamination, spreading mold to other areas. 

 

Do not try to clean the affected area with bleach and water. Bleach is a chemical used to whiten surfaces and kill bacteria. Mold is not bacteria. Bleach has never been proven to kill mold or slow its growth. Also, by adding water to the affected area, mold is given exactly what it needs to continue growing––moisture. 

 

Mold will not resolve itself, so do not ignore it. Hiring a reputable, experienced, certified, professional mold remediation company is the best option to removing mold and preventing it from regrowth. The safe and correct removal of mold will help protect the health of the inhabitants and the property. 

 

Darlene Eager is the owner of DC Eager Emergency Services, LLC, located at 6 E. Kendig Rd., in Willow Street. To schedule a free assessment/estimate, call 717-989-5763. For more information, visit DCEager.com. 

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