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Mold and Lake Homes

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold found in closet of home

Mold and Lake Homes

When a building, such as a lake house, is closed up and has little to no ventilation, mold has the opportunity to grow and contaminate the structure.  Mold is quick growing and can take hold in 47 hours.  To prevent this mold growth, make sure that moisture and humidity is reduced as much as possible.  In order for the mold to grow it takes a damp environment, so taking measures to control the humidity will control the growth.  Consider taking the steps below to control mold issues and keep your homes environment from inviting mold to grow.

  • Increase the ventilation in your home. Air movement reduces mold growth.
  • Try running a fan or air conditioner when you are away.
  • Leave interior doors open
  • Have a dehumidifier in your home
  • Remove all wet towels and wet clothing from home and dry outside
  • Remove water from the toilet and bottom of dishwasher when leaving the home for an extended amount of time
  • Make sure your gutters have been cleaned of debris
  • Removing and cutting back on tree branches can allow the sun in
  • It is also a good idea to make sure someone periodically checks on your Property so any issues can be addressed early on          

Mold is a living organism that naturally exists in the outdoor environment. Mold ejects spores into the air. These spores are similar to plant seeds and will grow additional mold when and if these spores land upon an area which provides moisture and a suitable food source.  While Mold can be a cause for concern, following the preventative measures listed above can ensure your property is suitable for occupancy.

 Non-porous items like metal, concrete, countertops, appliances, and decking can be cleaned with an eco-friendly product.  When items such as carpets, upholstery, ceiling tiles, mattresses and dry wall become invaded with mold they will need to be discarded of.

If you return to your lake home and find yourself with a mold issue call SERVPRO of the Quad Cities for an inspection and moisture check.  Our technicians are highly trained in Mold Remediation. 

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