August 3, 2019 by David Scott
“You’ve got mold.” Those are words no homeowner wants to hear as it usually conjures up images of walls being ripped out and tens of thousands of dollars spent on remediation.
Fortunately, there are mold removal methods today that are far less intrusive and expensive—but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Since Arizona has low humidity and little rainfall, some homeowners think that mold prevention isn’t needed.
That’s a mistake.
Mold is a very real problem in Arizona, and there are several ways mold can take hold in your home. Examples include:
· A Leaking Roof
· Plumbing Leaks
· Running a Humidifier
· Damp Crawlspaces
· Steam from Showering or Cooking
· Sewage Backups
Stopping Mold Before it Starts
Now that you know your Arizona home is susceptible to mold, let’s look at some steps you can take to prevent it.
Keep Your Home Cool
The ideal temperature for mold is 77° and 86°. While you home’s AC probably keeps the main living areas below this temperature, some spaces, such as closets and cabinets, may stay warmer. That’s why you should check such areas regularly for signs of mold.
Keep Air Circulating
Mold likes stagnant air, so if you can keep the air flowing that can help to prevent an infestation even in warmer temperatures. Run fans in parts of the home that don’t stay as cool as the main living areas. If you’ve had a problem with mold in a particular area, install a vent to allow for constant circulation.
Do Spot Checks for Moisture Damage
Since mold thrives in moist areas, spotting moistures issues early can help you prevent an infestation.
Here are some spots in your Arizona home to check regularly for excess moisture:
· Under Sinks in Kitchens and Bathrooms
· The Attic
· AC Drip Pans and Lines
· Around Dishwasher and Washing Machine
When the Prevention Doesn’t Work
Sometimes even the best laid mold prevention plans are unsuccessful, but don’t worry! It’s possible to find effective, reasonably priced mold remediation services. We should know! Bio-One uses state-of-the-art mold removal techniques.
In most cases, we can take care of the problem without the need for any demolition. In the rare cases when demolition is required, our team will take care of everything including reconstruction.
Once you have a mold infestation, the most important thing you can do to prevent a recurrence is to ensure a thorough, proper cleaning—and that’s very difficult to achieve on your own. Just a small amount of mold left behind is all it takes for the mold to take over again in just a few days.
Instead, let the highly skilled, experienced Bio-One team take care of your problem quickly, effectively, and affordably.
Do you suspect a mold problem? Contact Bio-One today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.