Mold Damaged wallThere are situations like natural disasters and water main breaks when water damage is inevitable. But mold growth may not be. And there are time when you can prevent water damage altogether.

Here are some useful pieces of advice for preventing and controlling water damage and mold growth:

Clean up leaks and spills quickly. Even a small amount of water can do damage if it gets into the right place or causes mold to grow.

Check and repair gutters regularly. Damaged or clogged gutters can be worse for your home or business than having none at all. Keep water moving away from your home by making sure gutters work as they should.

Keep the ground sloping away from the foundation. Don’t let the addition of an outbuilding or landscaping changes cause water to flow toward your building. This can damage the foundation and lead to water damage, mold growth and more.

Check those AC units. A common cause of mold growth and sometimes water damage to the ceiling or floor is air conditioner drip pans and drain lines that aren’t clean and well-maintained.

Check humidity and keep it low. Indoor humidity should remain below 60 percent to prevent mold growth and damage to some kinds of building materials. Check with a simple and inexpensive humidity meter, then use the HVAC system or a portable dehumidifier to take action.

Take note of condensation. Condensation or moisture that collects on pipes, walls or windows can be evidence of high humidity. And high humidity can lead to mold growth and other serious consequences. Work to reduce humidity as quickly as you can. In some cases, opening a window for ventilation in the evening may help — if the humidity is lower outside at that time.

Vent heat-producing and moisture-producing appliances. This includes things like clothes dryers and stoves as well as kerosene heaters and other similar devices. Venting to the outside decreases moisture inside the home or commercial structure and improves the safe operation of the unit.

Use those exhaust fans. When exhaust fans are present in bathrooms, kitchens or utility rooms, use them. They help vent smells as well as humidity.

Take care when showering. You can dramatically increase the humidity in a bathroom from a single shower, and the effect over time can cause mold growth. Open a window or use the most powerful exhaust fan you can find for better ventilation.

If you find mold growing in your home or office or believe you have water damage — even if you aren’t sure of the source — contact Orange Restoration for a quick response. Some water damage remediation and mold removal requires a great deal of time and effort to resolve, so it makes sense to get started. And the quicker the remediation process is started, the more likely you are to prevent complicated-to-repair and expensive damage.

So what are you waiting for? Contact Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838 for water damage remediation and mold removal services you can trust at prices you and your insurance company can afford.

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