5 Resolutions for a Mold-Free New Year
We all like to start off fresh for the new year, and there’s no better way than setting some resolutions to accomplish personal goals. Setting a New Year’s resolution shouldn’t just be for yourself however – your home could always use some improvements as well. If you are one of the many Dallas/Ft. Worth homes that are constantly battling mold infestation, consider some mold-free resolutions to add to the list. A mold-free home is a healthier and happier home! The professionals at RestoPros, the trusted mold remediation company, have come up with 5 resolutions for a mold-free year.
Keep Your Home Dry
- For mold to grow, there must be warmth, darkness, and most importantly, moisture.
- Removing moisture stops mold from growing in your home, and prevents infected areas from spreading.
- Be mindful of wet items left around the house. Never throw wet items on the floor or in a laundry basket. Properly dry wet towels and clothes (either hang them or dry them immediately).
- Clean up any liquid spill immediately, and never leave damp trash around the house.
- A portable dehumidifier helps remove humidity and moisture from an area, and runs quietly while you go about your day.
Have Mold Removal Products Ready
- Preparation is a New Year’s resolution that can be applied to almost anything, especially preparing for mold growth.
- Have mold remover stored in the kitchen and each bathroom for easy access to stop mold infestation in its early stages.
- Store an opened box of baking soda in your fridge, as this prevents foul odors – and can help kill mold growth when applied with a water solution.
- Always use disposable gloves when cleaning mold, and wash your hands immediately after.
- Have ventilation masks ready to use when cleaning mold, as they protect you from the airborne mycotoxins that mold can produce.
- Air purifiers can be kept along with dehumidifiers to disinfect and improve air quality, further preventing your home from contracting mold.
Keep Your Floors Clean
- Mold and bacteria can be tracked into homes from shoes and pets.
- Remove any dirt, mud, or debris stuck to your shoes before entering your home, and dry wet shoes before storing them in a warm, dry area.
- Use floor cleaner to kill any mold or bacteria tracked onto your floor, whether it be tile, wood or cement.
- Vacuum any bits or pieces of debris from dirty floors.
- If you notice an area of flooring that has mold growth, make sure to keep it sealed off. A plumbing leak is usually the cause of mold growth on a floor (or home interior). Try to find the source of the outbreak first, but if that proves unsuccessful – contact RestoPros for a solution.
- Make a New Year’s resolution to prevent leakage in your home to save money and improve the quality of your home.
- Seal your doors and windows with weather stripping to prevent leakage.
- Clear out your gutters and downspout to stop build-up of debris; causing water to seep into your home.
- RestoPros has more in-depth information on preventing leakage, especially during the winter, and you can check that out here.
Act Quickly When Mold is Present
- Possibly the most important New Year’s resolution is acting quickly to stop mold growth.
- When you discover mold in your home, you must act quickly to get rid of it – to stop continued growth and to keep your household healthy.
- Removing mold is more important than identifying the mold type, and growth should be halted immediately.
- Contact RestoPros for mold-removal services when you discover an outbreak that is too far along for you to deal with it yourself.
These simple New Year’s resolutions will kick off the year to a great start by keeping your home mold-free. If you experience a mold outbreak in your home, and it is too invasive to handle yourself, contact RestoPros immediately. We strive to keep Dallas/Ft. Worth homeowners safe, and provide professional mold remediation services at an affordable cost. Call us at 855-587-3786 to schedule an appointment to meet with your remediation professionals. Happy New Year from RestoPros!