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Following disaster cleanup from a fire or flood in your Tampa, Florida, home, make sure that mold doesn’t enter the picture. From inspecting carpeting to furniture, discover the following four ways you can prevent mold growth in the home.

Inspect Your Carpeting

If you have wall-to-wall carpeting installed in your home, you’ll want to inspect it thoroughly for any signs of mold development following water damage. If mold is present throughout a carpet or the carpet pad, discard both immediately. To avoid health risks, the carpet removal should be managed by professionals such as ServiceMaster 24 Hour who specialize in mold remediation.

Be Vigilant About Moisture Control

Moisture control is key to preventing mold. Keep your air conditioning and humidifier drip pans clean and be sure that their drain lines are not obstructed. Never put any wet objects into storage in areas of your home such as attics and closets.

Wipe Surfaces to Remove Dirt and Oils

Countertops, floors, tabletops, and other flat surfaces are prime spots for mold to form, due to their high and level surface area. To prevent mold formation on at-risk flat surfaces, use a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid in your cleaning to remove dirt, oils, and other mold-attracting substances.

As soon as you spot mold on surfaces, remove it with a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts of water. Wearing rubber gloves, saturate a clean sponge with the bleach solution and apply the sponge to the mold. Let the solution soak in for about 15 minutes, and then rinse it off.

ServiceMaster 24 Hour is your water damage and mold remediation specialist in Tampa. Call us at 813-603-2001 in Tampa or 727-300-3773 in Pinellas and Pasco counties for professional, dependable service.

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