For every property owner, one of the worst things everyone wants to avoid is mold damage. As mold damage can cause plenty of headaches and is a good indicator that there may be additional water damages lurking nearby. To help prevent mold from developing within your property, you’ll need to reduce and/or eliminate excess moisture and water buildup. Mold spores only need to meet a few select environmental requirements in order to bloom and become a full-fledged mold colony that can infest your property; all that is needed is a dark environment, high levels of moisture and humidity, and an organic food source such as cellulose, which can be found several building materials.

Fortunately, the experts from ServiceMaster Architerra have compiled some helpful information property owners and managers can use to help reduce or prevent mold growth from occurring within their property. By utilizing these helpful tips, you can help protect your property and avoid costly damages.

Utilize dehumidifiers within your property, whether it is a stand-alone unit or one that is attached to your central air unit. Dehumidifiers are designed to remove and eliminate moisture, creating drier air and eliminating one of the key factors mold needs for growth.

Inspect Weather Seals & Weather Stripping
Be sure that your property is protected against the weather. On an annual basis, inspect your property to ensure that all of your seals, weather-stripping and exterior structures are suitable to defend the elements and are not torn, ripped or damaged. If any damages are found, replace or repair any seals as necessary.

Physical Property Inspection
On an annual basis, hire a professional to inspect your property. Have them inspect each area of your property to ensure you have no leaks, structural damages, or mold growth. Have the professional inspect your basements, attics, crawlspaces, and any other low trafficked areas that can harbor moisture, as these are common areas for mold growth.

Use Your Fans
Use the fans in your kitchen and bathrooms. These fans do more than help remove odors; their true purpose is to help remove moisture buildup and steam. As you shower or cook, the steam that is produced will often cling to walls, cabinets, and tabletops, which can develop, mold growth. By utilizing these fans, you’ll help eliminate water and moisture buildup, reducing the chances of mold growth.

Examine Your Plumbing
Much like an annual inspection for your property’s structures, hire a local plumber to inspect your plumping system. Have them physically inspect the pipes within your property to ensure none are leaking and your plumbing system is in proper condition.

We hope that this information has been helpful to you in preventing or reducing mold growth within your property, but if it is too late and you already have a mold infestation within your property, you can trust ServiceMaster Architerra for mold remediation services in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas. ServiceMaster Architerra is your local expert that specializes in Phoenix disaster restoration and will help eliminate mold from your property and transform your property back to a mold-free state. For more information about our mold remediation services in the Phoenix area, please feel free to contact the ServiceMaster Architerra office with any questions or inquiries.