Long before the coronavirus changed the way we think about the things we touch and the air we breathe inside and outside, mold was developing in structures throughout the world. It’s a timeless threat to indoor air quality, and even once the COVID-19 pandemic has finally passed us by, we will always have these silent spores lurking in the places where we live and work. So how does mold get into my house? Here are the essential things you need to know, and more importantly, how to prevent mold from making you sick and destroying your property.

Where Does Mold Come From?

Mold spores come in many thousands of species, some of which are harmless, but others which can make us sick or even, in dire situations, lead to severe complications and even death. All that mold needs in order to start growing in your home are these three things:

1.The right temperature. Usually, this is a warmer environment, such as your attic or your bathroom. Heat isn’t all that is needed, however — you have to mix it with ingredient #2…

2.The right moisture. The more moist the environment, the more likely you’re going to see mold develop. But even this won’t allow mold to develop without the third element…

3. A source of food. Unfortunately, this is where mold shows its evolutionary skills, because it will feast on just about anything. From wood to drywall, from attic insulation to gunk on shower walls — and so many other surfaces — mold will start eating and multiplying anywhere it’s given the opportunity.

Most often, this takes place in a darker spot that’s hidden from your normal view and from a lot of natural sunlight. So that’s why in order to prevent mold from getting into your house, you have to be proactive and always on the lookout for possible mildew and mold spots in every nook and cranny of your home. If you think you’re too busy for that, we’ve got some recommendations on how to incorporate a mold mitigation plan into your everyday life.

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Set a cleaning routine. If you wipe down and sanitize common surfaces on a regular basis, you’ll dramatically reduce the risk of mold getting into your home. This includes everything from your backsplash to your bathroom, your baseboards to your basement. Sure, this sounds like a lot to do, but if you break it down into small chunks, you can spend just a few minutes each day on each area and over the course of a month, you’ll help reduce the chances of mold developing — plus, you’ll be helping keep the air in your home much cleaner.

Set an inspection routine. There are plenty of checklists available online to help you organize your time and plan out when you’re going to look at places like your roof, attic, basement, crawlspace, walls, ceilings and other surfaces throughout your home. Sure, you have a lot to do — but think about the time and money you’ll save in the long run if you set aside 15 minutes per week to investigate each key area of your property. That’s only an hour per month! Identifying moisture control issues early is the key to preventing mold from destroying your home’s property value and, more importantly, from degrading your indoor air quality.

* Call AdvantaClean for help if you identify problems. As you’re conducing your regular cleaning and inspections, you might come across a discolored area. You might even smell something musty before you discover the source of the problem, so don’t forget to use your nose to help identify any mold-related issues. When you find something that you’re not sure about, don’t take chances by doing your own mold removal and mold remediation. Will you be sure that you got all of the mold? Was it a strain of black mold, or just an ordinary harmless species? DIY mold tests are available, and you can absolutely go that route, but it might be a better idea to call in a mold remediation expert who is certified and uses the most advanced HEPA-filtered mold mitigation equipment in the market today. Here at AdvantaClean, we’ve helped thousands of families like yours to rid their homes of the threat of mold. Since 1994, we’ve been providing superior service and unparalleled results when it comes to any moisture control issue, and especially mold. From a comprehensive mold inspection and mold testing of your home from top to bottom, to the meticulous mold removal and mold remediation process, we’re the name to trust for all of your mold-related needs. Read our reviews and then get in touch with us today. We’re standing by to serve you now! It’s not clean until it’s AdvantaClean./

More info? For more information about protecting your home from mold, read our post PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM MOLD

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