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Mold Prevention In the Wake of Storms in Pensacola

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Pensacola Homeowners Can Help Prevent Mold Growth in Their Properties

SERVPRO Offers Advice on Mold Prevent Before Mold Mitigation Is Needed

Florida, like much of the Southeast, is constantly drenched in the waters of frequent and heavy rain storms. While this weather can create beautiful forests and natural habitats, it can also cause regular and substantial damage to homes build all around the region. Mold damage, in particular, is difficult to prepare yourself and your home for but should be accounted for if you hope to keep down living expenses in the long run. SERVPRO recommends considering some or all of these measures to prevent mold from growing in your home after a storm.

Sealing Leaks
Many cases of mold damage in Pensacola are caused by ignored or unrepaired leaks. No matter the size, any leak or opening in your home to the outdoors has potential to cause thousands of dollars in damage later on. During a storm, heavy rains can seep in through these cracks to soak wood, fabric, drywall, and other materials in your home, creating not only a potential patch of water damage but also ideal growing conditions for many types of mold. SERVPRO recommends sealing any leaks you find in your home as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.
Preparing for Floods
Most of the largest mold damage calls we receive are the result of a flood, even if that flood created no standing water and was seemingly benign. Although many floods are violent and seemingly unstoppable, there are efforts you can take to protect your home from smaller ones. Putting seals on the bottoms of doors can both stop light floodwater and provide additional insulation for your home. Putting water-resistant finishes on wood and tile flooring can prevent them from being easily soaked and growing mold. Talk to a SERVPRO representative to find out more ways to reduce damage from small floods.
Mold-Resistant Paints and Finishes
Paints, finishes, and other products do exist for the specific task of resisting mold growth. Although they are often treated as a specialty item by many stores, we carry a selection and have a network of suppliers for your specific needs. Give us a call if you would like to schedule a repainting for your home in the future.
SERVPRO of West Pensacola takes it to heart to protect local homes from the dangers of mold damage. For our restoration or prevention services, give us a call at (850) 469-1160.

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