When water leaks or spills occur in your home, make sure to clean and dry it quickly. If you dry wet or damp areas within the first 24-48 hours, in most cases mold will not grow.
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Keep air conditioning clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
- Keep indoor humidity low, preferably between 30-50% relative humidity. You can measure moisture levels with a simple humidity meter available at most hardware stores.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows walls, or pipes, act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible to lower humidity levels in your home.
- Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
- Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, or running the dishwasher to stop moisture build-up.
Mold at any stage of growth presents a health hazard and, if left unchecked, could result in more extensive structural damage. Catching mold early aids in faster recovery. Our goal is to get your family back into your home quickly so you can focus on living your life. Call us immediately if:
- You have a leaky roof
- You have leaky pipes either inside or outside your facility
- If snow melt and poor drainage have damaged your walls or roof
- You notice unnatural levels of moisture anywhere in your home or building
- Discoloration from a water leak
Visit www.epa.gov/mold to learn more about how you can prevent mold from damaging your property.