Mold Damage Issues Do Not Disappear During The Winter In Somersworth
Mold Damage Issues
Of the many strains of mold that may take up residence in your Somersworth home, many are quite at home during the colder months of winter. Homeowners cannot afford to become less vigilant about mold growth because of a mistaken belief that the fungi need warm weather to grow and damage organic materials. We can help remediate current mold damage and offer solid suggestions on how to eliminate the conditions that foster mold growth.
Mold damage in Somersworth happens year round. In fact, some aspects of your home’s winter environment are very conducive to the acceleration of mold growth and eventual damage. For example, poorly or uninsulated exterior walls cause the warm, moist air inside your home to condense, offering the mold spores always floating or lying on surfaces within our homes moisture as the fuel to begin growth of one or more colonies. We are familiar with scenarios similar to this and have strategies to eliminate the water source.
During the winter months, many individuals run humidifiers because heated air can be drying, very irritating to mucous membranes. If the humidity in your home rises past 60 percent, the air itself can encourage mold growth. Limiting ambient humidity to 40 percent or less allows the relatively moist air to provide comfort yet does not generate enough water vapor to jump-start microbial infestations. SERVPRO technicians measure the moisture levels in both your home’s structures and air to help strike the balance needed.
Because windows and doors are closed in the winter, moist air generated by cooking, laundry, bathing, and showering is retained inside. If your dryer or cooktop are not directly vented outside, a buildup of moisture, and then mold, is possible. Correcting this situation with exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens and local code-approved ducts for dryers and HVAC systems with built-in humidifiers eliminate the moisture that causes molds to generate more spores and create the feathery or leathery evidence of mold. The SERVPRO technicians assigned to your remediation job know what to look for and how to eliminate the moisture.
SERVPRO mold remediators use the EPA protocol to contain and remove mold. We use negative pressure air scrubbers to avoid contaminating unaffected areas of your house with even tiny, moldy particles. The remediation we do is very effective in managing mold outbreaks if the moisture problems are also eliminated. Creating this balance makes for healthy air quality and limits the destruction of the organic materials molds use as nourishment.
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester works with you to control mold damage throughout the year. If mold damage is suspected, call us for an evaluation and remediation plant at (603) 743-4301.
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