Tips For Managing Mold In Your Greenville, NC Home Or Business
Keep an eye out for mold growth on any damp or wet surfaces.
Eastern NC has a notoriously humid subtropical climate and the Greenville, Winterville and Snow Hill area is no exception. This near constant moisture and heat means mold excels at growing where you don’t want it. Being national leaders in residential and commercial remediation, the SERVPRO team has a significant amount of experience dealing with mold and we are more than happy to share some of our professional wisdom.
Ten Things You Should Know about Mold
- As many know, mold may cause potential health effects, depending on the type and individual sensitivity.
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; instead, prevention of mold spores from growing is key.
- If mold is a problem in your home or business, remediation and eliminating excess sources of moisture are crucial. Leaving it untreated will only allow it to spread.
- Most cases of mold that we are called to help with are from a leak; finding the source of the water problem is absolutely necessary to prevent further mold growth. If you’re unsure where the leak is coming from, contact a plumber who also offers leak detection!
- Reduce indoor humidity, typically between 30-60% to decrease mold growth by:
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.Clean mold off hard surfaces with warm water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, if moldy, may need to be replaced.Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods and all need to be remediated as soon as you are aware of the issue. Waiting will only cause more damage and in return cost you more money in repairs.
- Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
- Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
- Increasing ventilation
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
If you have any questions or would like to schedule service, give us a call at: (252)-329-7205.
Vacant homes can be a breeding ground for mold
Vacant homes can be breeding grounds for mold growth. Quite often we are called to a vacant home that is up for sale or the renter has moved out. The realtor/rental agent has come to show the home and finds mold growing on the walls. Mold can be seen growing most often in the upper wall locations, though it is not unusual to see growth at the lower wall levels as well. Closets that have been closed will quite often have the worst mold growth, partly because they are dark and mold loves the dark.
What could cause this? No broken water lines are found, the water is usually turned off to the home. Sometimes the HVAC system is off and that is the source of the problem. Having the heating and air turned off creates a high humidity level in the home. When the HVAC system is off there is no airflow circulating in the home therefore the air becomes stagnant. This is the perfect scenario for mold development.
Here are some tips on preventing mold issues in vacant homes:
- Always keep some heat and air running in the home. Set temperature so heat or air runs periodically during the day.
- Open closet doors to allow for airflow and light to enter.
- A ceiling fan left on low can help circulate the air in the home.
- Open window treatments/blinds at least ¼ open to allow in extra light. Remember, mold loves the dark.
- Visit the home occasionally. Just opening the doors and entering the structure allows for the exchange of fresh air and extra airflow. It’s also a great way to catch any issues before they become serious problems
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties Today – 252-329-7205
Pitt and Greene County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205