Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Philadelphia Home
SERVPRO Remediates Infestations of Mold and Mitigates Damages
Protecting your family often includes protecting the investments you make. Your home deserves the same kind of care you provide to your car, although doing so can be dramatically different. Ensuring that your family is in a safe and reliable vehicle is relatively simple because when problems develop, they tend to be quite obvious.
Homeowners do not have that same luxury when it comes to protecting their next greatest investment from different dangers, particularly mold damage in the Philadelphia area. This tiny microbe, a mold spore, is not only small, but it often remains hidden in shadowed areas, or in the darkness found under cabinets where water is often present, even if in only small amounts.
Mold can quickly cause several different kinds of problems when it grows on the surfaces inside a home. This and other fungi can affect a plethora of materials if given enough time. While its size may make it seem insignificant, and its appearance sometimes has a dry and dusty appearance, depending on the type, it should not be confused with a dry and insignificant dust that can easily be swept away with a damp dust cloth. There are ways to help you effectively protect your home and possessions from mold damage.
Using a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner can help to limit mold spores from spreading through your home. These spores are in most home environments. However, around windowsills, particularly those which are left open, have been found to hold high levels of active mold and spores compared to other areas of a home.
Ensuring that there are no dripping pipes, fixtures, sinks/tubs/showers and that all appliances that use water are also drip-free.
Repairing all windows that leak, doors that allow rain or snow to enter under the door jam, and checking on a periodic but regular
For areas such as basements, crawlspaces and under attached porches that have bare earth as their floor, placing a dehumidifier in the area can help keep humidity and accumulations of moisture at acceptable levels. This can help in basements where concrete exists but has visible cracks that may allow moisture, or rainwater, to enter. Lack of sunlight is conducive to mold proliferation for two reasons: the fungi flourish without sunlight, and the lack of heat and light increase the chances of moisture accumulation.
SERVPRO technicians have the training needed to not only help you in detecting water leaks and install dehumidifiers but to mitigate any damage that mold and other pathogens have already created in your home. No matter the size of your mold patch, we can quickly make it “Like it never even happened.” Mold remediation is best left to the professionals.
There are times when even the best of efforts are not enough to keep microbes from causing problems inside a home. When mold damage affects your home and possessions, it is time to call SERVPRO of Manayunk. Our local number is (215) 482-0800, and we answer calls 24/7.
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