Once mold growth has started in your Tulsa, OK, home, it can be challenging to eliminate. Mold prevention is the best strategy.

How Does Mold Grow?
Mold is always around. It can enter your home through vents, windows, and HVAC systems. It can also come in on your clothing and shoes or cling to your pet’s fur. Once mold spores get in your home, they require three things to start growing:

Organic material (wood, paper, or porous surfaces)
Temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit

Most homes have organic material and a comfortable room temperature, so it’s important to control the amount of moisture in your home for mold prevention.

How Can I Control Moisture in My Home?
Keep the humidity level in your home below 50% by using air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom to remove moisture quickly. Use mold-killing products when you clean your bathroom. Check your plumbing, walls, windows, and roof for leaks.

What If My Home Floods?
If your home sustains water damage from flooding, a leaky roof or window, or a burst pipe, it’s vital to begin water damage remediation immediately. Mold can start to grow within 48 hours after a flood. Drywall, carpets, padding, upholstery, window treatments, wood floors, and other porous surfaces are susceptible to mold growth.

After a flood or water leak, wipe down wooden surfaces and remove upholstered furniture. Turn on the air conditioner in the summer to dry out wet surfaces. Pick up magazines and other dyed or colored objects from carpeting. A professional remediation service can help with industrial-strength fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, pumps, and vacuums. Technicians can also check your home for hidden water sources such as behind walls, in building insulation, or in crawl spaces.

Keeping excess moisture out of your home is the most important step in mold prevention. If you experience a leak or flood, begin remediation right away.