Spring is Here! So too, Might Be Mold.

Thank goodness that Spring is in the air!  Unfortunately, so is mold pollen, warmth and humidity.  This is the perfect incubator for mold growth.  As discussed last month, some of the winter issues we encountered with the cold and wet environment can lead to mold growth in the Spring.

Roof leaks, burst pipes and other issues can lead to mold growth when temperatures moderate.  Now is a good time to nip potential issues in the bud before they escalate.  Here are a few suggestions:
Leaks in plumbing or other structures that lead to moisture buildup should be identified and repaired.
Areas of leakage and water damage in the home should be cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours.
Use of an air conditioner or air dehumidifier during humid seasons can help reduce the potential for moisture buildup.
Avoid the use of carpets and humid basements and bathrooms.
Using fans and maintaining good ventilation in the home can also prevent or control dampness.
Keep indoor humidity between 30-50%.
Use bathroom fans or open bathroom windows when showering.
Appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers and stoves, should be vented to the outdoors when possible.
Adding insulation can reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (such as windows, piping, roof, or floors).

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Association (EPA), if visible mold is present, testing is usually unnecessary.  There are no EPA or governmental standards that have been established for mold or mold spore levels, so it is impossible to prove that a building or room is in compliance with any regulations concerning mold exposure.  Likewise, the CDC does not recommend routine sampling or testing of mold.  Tolerable or acceptable limits of mold exposure for humans have not been defined, and since individuals vary in their susceptibility to mold, testing cannot reliably predict the degree of health risks from any occurrence of mold.  Better to be safe than sorry.

Spring into action and protect yourself from the mold bug!  If you see mold and need assistance, contact a local mold professional!  (Contact harrycannon3@gmail.com) Call Harry @ 252 339 2489 for a free consultation.
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