Checklist to prevent Toxic mold
Plumbing Leaks & Floods
Repair Water Leaks or Water Intrusions Immediately If you discover any leaks or flooding, fix it right away so that you don’t allow mold to grow and multiply. Some of the most deadliest forms of mold only take 5 hours to form!! Make sure you thoroughly dry out the affected area, whether it’s a carpet or drywall. Unfortunately, with drywall construction, the moisture is absorbed into the walls and becomes nearly impossible to dry out. Water damage on drywall requires cutting out the bottom of the drywall (minimally one foot from the floor), disinfecting the affected area, drying the wall with a commercial blower for 3 full days and replacing it with new drywall.
Remove Water Damaged Items IMMEDIATELY
Keep humidity levels between 40% and 50%
If you ever see dark spots, bubbling or dampness in a wall, get the wall tested properly by a professional who has proper equipment to make tiny holes inside the wall and who has the proper equipment like cameras and swabbing supplies to test in a lab to see what’s causing it and what it actuallly is.
Vent bathrooms, laundry and cooking areas to the outside, using exhaust fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers
Clean kitchens, bathrooms and laundry area with anti-mold (NON TOXIC) products. (Ammonia, essential oils, baking soda, borax are all good choices).
Never carpet a bathroom, laundry or kitchen floor
Do NOT use wallpaper on walls. Wallpaper increases the risk of attracting mold spores that produce mycotoxin.
Ensure the ground under your home is well ventilated and walls are properly sealed against moisture entry. Putting polythene (visqueen) over damp ground can help prevent dampness from rising into the house.
Check the exterior of your home regularly for accumulation of ground water.
Airborne mold spores from live indoor plants can travel in air currents to cause health problems for occupants and possible mold growth in the home through mold cross-contamination. To help prevent mold, do not keep live plants indoors. Also, you should not keep inside dried flowers and plants upon which mold loves to feast, utilizing high indoor humidity to drive the mold growth.
Keep water out of crawlspaces, by digging ditches around the sides of the house down to the footing. Install gravel and drain lines that are sloped about 2 inches per 10 feet to carry water away from the house. Direct the water to a natural drainage, to the street, or a French drain. Before backfilling, place waterproof membranes against the foundation wall. Also, ensure water from downspouts is directed away from the house.
Do NOT store firewood anywhere inside a home or basement/crawl space, or outside close to entry doors and windows. Store firewood away from the house, and off the ground and covered by a waterproof tarp to reduce rain and high humidity on the firewood, and thus minimize mold growth on the firewood. Moldy firewood indoors or outdoors generates airborne mold spores that can mold cross contaminate a home and its heating/cooling system.
Change your HVAC filters on a regular basis. If this is not done, the filter itself can become a fertile breeding ground for all the molds and other biological contaminates that are collected. Once this happens, the spores from the mold will multiply, and will be circulated throughout the home or building through the ductwork.
Prevent rising dampness from entering a foundation wall by improving your home’s perimeter drainage. Direct all surface rainwater away from the home through drainpipes, culverts, French drains, etc.
Get your basement waterproofed through a professional service