There is such a sense of relief that comes along with a completed mold remediation. You can finally get back to life as usual knowing that your home is mold-free. Your professional mold remediation technicians will have identified and removed the source of the mold, leaving no trace that there was ever a mold issue at all. Targeting the moisture source of the mold ensures that mold doesn’t sneak its way back into your home following the remediation process. On top of your remediation upkeep, there are a few extra tasks you can incorporate into your home maintenance routine to keep mold from returning to the area of remediation, or another area altogether.
Along with the remediation job itself, your professional mold technicians will be able to identify other areas of your home that could be susceptible to mold growth in the future. This gives you a starting point when it comes to your post-remediation prevention process. While it is good to keep these areas in mind, you should carry your post-remediation mold prevention throughout the entire home for good measure. The best way to prevent mold from returning is to eliminate conditions within the home that are conducive to mold growth.
Identifying Areas of Excess Moisture
Mold generally thrives under warm, moist conditions. These are the conditions you want to focus on minimizing when it comes to post-remediation mold prevention. Keep your eye on areas that produce more warmth and moisture than others during this process. You should be keeping an extra close eye on the area that the remediation took place in so that you can identify if mold should begin to return in that area. In the event of this taking place, your professional mold remediation company should come back and handle this for you and fix any mistakes they may have made. Many companies offer warranties for situations like these. Other areas to keep an eye out for excess moisture and warmth include:
- Kitchens & Bathrooms: Despite the major differences between kitchens and bathrooms, the humid nature of these areas makes them a hotspot for mold development under the right conditions. Due to the nature of both of these areas, such as showering and cooking, it can be extremely difficult to completely eradicate moisture in these areas. In order to minimize moisture as much as you can, ensure that moisture and warmth have a way out of the space. Employing the use of proper ventilation or even something as simple as an open window to give excess moisture a way out can make a huge difference.
- Basements & Attics: Your home’s basement & attic may be in completely opposite areas of the home, but they are more similar in nature than you may think. These areas both tend to be dank, stuffy and poorly ventilated. These conditions can lead to a buildup of excess moisture within the area, leading to an increased potential for mold growth. Similarly to the kitchen and bathroom areas, you can employ the use of extra ventilation in both the attic and basement to allow excess moisture to exit. Additionally, the use of a dehumidifier can be extremely helpful when it comes to minimizing moisture in both basements and attics. Your professional mold technicians should be able to recommend an appropriate dehumidifier for the size of the space. Ideal humidity levels in any area of your home should stay between 35% and 50% at all times.
Keeping Mold Gone For Good
As previously stated, the best way to prevent mold from reoccurring in your home is to minimize moisture and humidity levels. Mold is an opportunistic organism, meaning that if given the chance to grow – it’s going to grow. Don’t give mold another opportunity to thrive in your home, keep it away for good with these post-remediation prevention tips.