Mold, Moisture in Downriver Michigan

Mold, Moisture in Downriver Michigan

MOLD, MOISTURE AND YOUR HOME

Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. It can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets and then ends up inside your home.

Mold grows in places with alot of moisture such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. It can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery. Downriver Restoration located in southeastern Michigan, has a team of specialists educated and experienced in dealing with the detection, prevention and removal of mold in your ahome.

Excess moisture is the main reason mold grows. Some of the key ways of controlling mold growth inside your home are as follows:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying areas affected by flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry and cooking areas

If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water or a bleach solution.

If a bleach solution is selected as the means for removing mold,

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eyewear.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, it should be removed.

 

Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of mold, you cannot rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. Good sampling for mold can be done by specialists working with a company such as Downriver Restoration located in Wayne County, in the state of Michigan. There are currently no established standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity of mold in the State of Michigan. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth.

 

 

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come up with some tips for preventing mold in your home as well as in other building types.

 

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can. Humidity should be no higher than 50% all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help keep the level low.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. And, make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Cleanup and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24-48hrs) after flooding.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.

 

While Michigan does not have standards set for types and quantities of mold, it does have air monitoring guidelines which are administered by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The DEQ ensures that Michigan’s ambient air (outside air) remains clean by regulating sources of air pollutants to minimize adverse impact on human health and the environment.

 

Downriver Restoration, located downriver in southeastern Michigan, is available to detect the presence of mold in your home, as well as work with you regarding prevention and safe removal should mold be present. Contact Downriver Restoration today at http://downriverrestoration.com/mold/.