Experts say the key to mold prevention is acting quickly when
water damage strikes. Routine preventative measures to control
moisture levels in your home can also help.
Clean up water damage immediately
Areas affected by water damage, such as a flooded basement,
should be cleaned and dried as soon as possible. Professional water
damage cleaning and restoration companies can often be of
assistance. Shut off water sources immediately, turn off ceiling
fixtures if the ceiling is wet and keep out of areas where ceilings
are sagging from retained water. In many cases molds can be removed
by thoroughly cleaning with a bleach and water solution according
to the National Centers for Disease Control. Absorbent materials
exposed to mold, like ceiling tile and carpet padding may have to
Prevent water damage from becoming a problem
Take steps to prevent a flooding situation or moisture problem
- Fix leaks and seepage as soon as they're discovered.
- Inspect appliances routinely to make sure they are not leaking
or dripping moisture and that they are working properly.
Malfunctioning sump pumps and sewers commonly cause flooding.
- Be aware of routine home maintenance issues, such as the
condition of your windows, gutters, roof and chimney. During
winter, take care of ice dams and turn off the water lines to
outside hose spigots. Both are known causes for moisture problems
leading to mold.
- Maintain humidity levels with a dehumidifier and/or air
conditioning, especially in hot, humid climates.
- Be sure your home has a source of fresh air, and open doors
between rooms and closet doors to increase circulation.