Mold is a microbe that loves Jacksonville’s heat and humidity. Once established, a colony can damage your property and be difficult and expensive to remove. This microbe can cause health problems, and it looks ugly. Here’s how to make your home more mold-resistant:

Take Immediate Action When Mold Is Spotted

If you already have a problem or suspect that you might, take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate it. This microbe won’t leave on its own. If ignored, it will only get worse. Allowing the problem to progress can carry a heavy price tag down the road.

Don’t Let Moisture Linger

Without moisture, this microbe can’t grow. It thrives in humidity, so dripping faucets and other sources of moisture should be eliminated. Don’t leave wet clothing in the washer or put damp clothes in a closet without adequate air circulation. Remove water-damaged products from your home if they can’t be completely dried within 48 hours.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

Insufficient ventilation makes moisture control difficult. Use exhaust fans while showering and cooking. Invest in a ventilator. Use a dehumidifier if moisture levels are high. Check humidity levels in your home regularly to ensure that they remain under 60 percent.

Perform Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

Dirty HVAC equipment is an ideal place for microbes to dig in. Furnaces, heat pumps, ductwork, and air conditioners are equally susceptible to infestation when not cleaned regularly. Servicing all of your HVAC components every year can prevent microbes from taking hold.

Install UV Lights to Kill Mold

UV lights installed in your ductwork are a powerful disinfectant for indoor air. The lights can kill off almost 100 percent of microbes in your HVAC system and in your living space.

Standard property insurance policies usually don’t include coverage for microbial damage. For help with mold, call the experienced professionals at Servicemaster Restoration of First Coast at (904) 449-7782.

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