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5 Resolutions for a Mold-Free New Year

by RestoPros on December 22, 2017

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.

Prevent Leakage

  • 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!