As a Phoenix resident you’ve likely heard the horror stories associated with the development of toxic mold in homes like yours where family members were sick for weeks or even months with no clear sign. Black molds and toxic fungi can cause a number of health problems ranging from respiratory distress to long term disease. So, the best response is to prevent it from developing in the first place, and maintain good indoor air quality.
Moisture is the Enemy
Mold needs one thing to grow – moisture. So, the easiest way to prevent mold from developing is to minimize the amount of moisture in and around your home. This is especially true in your attic and your basement. Any space beneath ground level is susceptible to leaks while the attic can leak due to gaps in the chimney lining or roof problems.
Mold develops on carpets, upholstery and other fabric and cloth spaces – so it’s a good idea to pay close attention to these spaces when in the basement or attic. In most cases, it is recommended that you stick with tile or wood floors anywhere that water has a habit of getting in.
Humidity should be removed from your basement with a dehumidifier as well to reduce the chance of sweating on concrete walls when the temperature drops outside. Sealing potential leaks and cracks in your roof will reduce the risk of other potential issues as well – dropping the total health problems faced by even the most innocuous of mold spores.
What to Do When Mold Appears
Obviously the goal is to stop mold from developing at all with dehumidifiers and air cleaners, but what happens when you see the telltale sooty black or gray patches on walls, carpets, or upholstery? Most mold abatement companies will start by sealing up the sources. Getting rid of mold is pointless if you cannot stop it from redeveloping. For that reason, you should work with whichever firm you hire to develop a clear and direct plan for removal of the offending mold.
Regular maintenance is recommended once mold has been removed to check for new growth. Even when mold is removed and the conditions that lead to the growth of the toxic substance are fixed, mold can come back. So, it’s important to check for potential regrowth on an annual basis. If you have any questions about indoor air quality place call Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists.