Mold exists just about everywhere, so making sure that your home or business is geared up to prevent harmful levels of mold should be a top priority, especially if you've recently gotten your immediate mold problem treated. However, many property owners simply aren't doing enough to achieve this goal, mostly because the steps required to minimize mold in your building aren't intuitive. Here are three ways to reduce the chance of a fresh crop of mold showing up.
Getting Your Plumbing Checked Out
Mold and moisture go hand-in-hand, so if you can control moisture in your building, you will have a head start on keeping harmful levels of mold out of your building. Whether it's checking for a leaky pipe or even just insulating a pipe to prevent condensation, your plumber will surely be able to help you keep mold out of your building one way or another. If you want to take matters into your own hands, try treating the area around your sump pump with a fungicide, like a bleach or borax solution.
Sealing the Place
While your plumbing could be contributing to your mold problem, another major contributor that many people forget about is leaky walls, doors, and windows. Sealing off these moisture hot spots rarely requires more than some caulking or spray foam, but it could require as much as replacing some sheetrock. Depending on the extent of your moisture issue, you might be able to DIY it, or a call to your contractor might be in order.
Making the Right Repairs
Even thought it may seem like enough to just control the recurring moisture problems in your home, that might not be enough, especially if you have a freak water damage event that could cause mold to spring up unannounced. In order to guard against a surprise mold attack, painting susceptible surfaces with a special fungicidal paint additive will help to keep treated surfaces from harboring mold intrinsically, and installation is just as easy as painting a room.
As impressive as an all-out mold remediation job can be, your mold remediation is only as good as your mold prevention, since all that hard work could be for naught if your building isn't outfitted to prevent future mold outbreaks. Taking a few simple steps after your mold is removed will protect you from having to go through the whole grueling process again, and is a great investment for your building the long run.Share