Conditions in Story County might be right for mold
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Ames to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at (515) 233-4544
What to Do If You Suspect Mold:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Ames for mold remediation services.
Does your Story County home have a mold problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural/baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce health effects.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (515) 233-4544
Keep Mold From Forming in Your Home
You can prevent mold from growing in your home like this by following some helpful tips from SERVPRO of Ames.
If you have any kind of water leakage or water damage in your home, it’s very common to develop a mold problem as well. We see it all the time. However, mold remediation is usually not covered in a homeowners insurance policy. Here are 15 tips from SERVPRO of Ames for preventing the development of mold in your home:
- Add mold inhibitors to paint before painting areas likely to have mold, such as bathrooms, kitchens or basements.
- Use mold-killing cleaning products when cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, two areas with a lot of moisture.
- Don’t lay carpet in basements or other areas that have a lot of moisture.
- Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation to prevent water from entering your home or collecting around it.
- Remove or replace wet carpets that cannot dry properly.
- Keep the humidity in your home between 40 and 60 percent. (You can buy a fairly inexpensive humidity meter from your local hardware or home repair store.)
- Cover cold surfaces, such as water pipes, with insulation to keep condensation and mold from forming.
- Use air conditioners, dehumidifiers and fans can help to remove excess moisture and condensation in your home.
- Check under indoor plants to make sure water is not accumulating beneath the pots.
- Clean your roof and roof gutters frequently and repair them immediately if you notice leaking or damage.
- Clean the drip pan below your air conditioning unit regularly and check that all of your drain lines are flowing properly.
- Leave air conditioning on when you leave your home unattended to keep airflow moving.
- If your basement or any other part of your home floods, thoroughly clean and dry everything and call SERVPRO of Ames to check for mold growth.
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as dryers or stoves, outdoors.
- When you shower, cook, or run the dishwasher or clothes dryer, use an exhaust fan or open a window to let excess moisture escape.
Keep in mind that condensation can be a sign of excess humidity, which can cause growth. If you do suspect mold, don’t try and clean it yourself. Call SERVPRO of Ames (515) 233-4544, and we’ll come out right away to determine if it is mold and what needs to be done if it is - at no charge for the initial evaluation.