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A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Prevention in Buffalo

The Queen City of New York has never been a more beautiful place to call home. The gorgeous scenery of Lake Erie has inspired thousands of Buffalo visitors to settle down here. But the humidity of Lake Erie can make keeping mold out of your home a hassle. The mold services experts at Green Genie Environmental are happy to announce that there are steps you can take to prevent mold from developing in your Buffalo home! Here are just a few of them!

Control Humidity

The average humidity in Buffalo ranks at a high of 63% – that’s about 13% higher than experts recommend for health and wellness in a home. Now, the humidity outside is all well and good, as long as it stays outside. But homes in Buffalo often struggle with humidity. The outdoor humidity certainly doesn’t help, and rooms like the bathroom and kitchen that tend to run humid anyway only suffer more.

Mold loves humidity. Moist air feeds mold spores, allowing them to develop into colonies. The more humid the air inside a home, the faster and more easily mold spreads. To prevent mold from growing, you should have one of our mold services providers check for humidity problems in the home. If they find excess humidity, consider investing in central air conditioning or dehumidifiers to regulate humidity levels in a home. For low-cost solutions, vent your kitchen and bathroom whenever possible and seal your ductwork against moisture.

Prevent Moisture 

Humidity is one source of moisture most homes face daily, but it is not the only kind that feeds mold. Leaking pipes, dripping showers and faucets, and inadequate drainage systems are just as likely to promote mold growth. 

Most mold services will investigate homes for excess moisture when remedying a situation. Often, they will find that a clogged gutter, damaged roof, or broken plumbing has led to chronic moisture problems in the home feeding a mold colony. 

To prevent moisture problems in the home, always keep your plumbing in good repair. Keep water away from the house by having gutters and spouts cleaned annually. And if you do find water collecting in the home, clean it up immediately and locate the source!

Clean Regularly

Mold loves to eat organic matter, and it can usually find it on dusty surfaces of the home. Usually, mold only grows on organic materials like wood or wool, but if enough dust has developed on a surface, mold will eat at the skin flakes, hair, and debris that makes up the dust. This phenomenon is why you may find mold growing on plastic, tile, metal materials, or even synthetic carpeting in the home!

One of the best ways to prevent mold development is to clean regularly. If organic materials like dust mites and skin flakes aren’t on a surface, mold has a hard time growing. Regular professional carpet cleaning prevents mold growth, as does annual ductwork cleaning. Additionally, regular cleaning with a HEPA vacuum removes mold spores that could turn into a colony from surfaces. 

Address Mold Immediately With Professional Mold Services

The mold services experts at Green Genie Environmental always recommend an immediate response to mold development. The longer you allow mold to grow, the harder it is to remove adequately. When you find or suspect mold growth in your home, don’t spray it with bleach and hope it goes away. Do your home the favor of having mold inspected to ensure it has not grown through the walls or reached the insulation – mold likes to bury itself deep inside your home. Once you know the span of the mold, you can start the removal process with the help of a professional, or in some more minor cases, handle the cleaning yourself. 

If your Buffalo home is at risk of mold, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Green Genie Environmental. Our team responds to your emergencies 24/7, and we always guarantee safe, affordable work for every project. You can trust our environmentally friendly solutions to handle all your Buffalo home cleaning and mold remediation needs. Give us a call today at (716) 466-6653 to get started!

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