If your home has a mold problem, then you could be putting yourself at risk for respiratory illnesses and potential structural damage to your home. The best way to combat mold in the home is to prevent it from developing in the first place. Some home remedies, like bleach, can cause harmful side effects and may not fully kill the mold. If your home is at risk for mold or mildew damage, mold prevention from StayDry is your best shot at fighting the fungal growth from spreading to other areas of your home.

Prevention Methods

If you live in a humid climate, your basement and crawl space might be in extreme risk of developing mold. Dark, damp areas of your home are perfect locations for mold to grow. While methods of waterproofing, like French drain systems, can lower the humidity levels in the home, that alone may not be enough. We recommend installing an electric dehumidifier in your basement to eliminate any remaining moisture.

In basements, another form of mold prevention is to install sump pumps. Sump pumps drain any water into a sump basin which then pumps the water away from the home, keeping your basement dry. Sump pumps can also be connected to French drain systems to increase the efficiency of the water removal process.

Another key to mold prevention is to keep any at-risk areas of your home well ventilated. Exhaust fans that have an outside air vent are one of the best ways to keep your home properly ventilated without increasing your risk of water leaks. If your home has flooded, the air will need to be cleaned out and ventilated properly to prevent potential mold growth.

Solution Methods

If your home already has a mold problem, it will need to be removed immediately to avoid any potential health hazards of structural dangers mold brings with it. As mentioned above, home remedies, like bleach, are not the most efficient ways to remove mold from your home and can be harmful to your health. Here at StayDry, we use Concrobium to kill mold because it is safer and more effective than bleach. Additionally, bleach does not always kill the roots of the mold, allowing it to grow back in the future. Concrobium does not produce harmful vapors, and kills the root of the mold.

A dehumidifier will need to be installed after the mold has been cleaned up to help prevent any future growth. Waterproofing your home with a French drain system and a sump pump will also help prevent any future mold growth from occurring. If the mold damage is great enough it is recommended that you call a StayDry professional to come take care of the clean up.

If your home has mold damage and you are in need of our mold control services or any of the other services we offer, you can contact us here or call us at 800.782.9379.