PuroClean Says Summer Brings New Challenges for Preventing Indoor Mold
Property Emergency Specialist Offers Warm Weather Tips on Moisture Control
TAMARAC, FL--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) - Should homeowners worry about mold in their homes during the summer months? The answer is an absolute "Yes," according to Steve Leger, executive vice president of operations for PuroClean. "Mold can grow almost anywhere there is moisture," says Leger. "And it grows on almost anything: paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, fabric, insulation, even dust. It can cause serious damage to a family's home and health if the homeowner doesn't take steps to control and deal with it quickly and effectively."
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the key to both preventing and remediating mold in the home is controlling moisture. Mold cannot grow without moisture, so a homeowner needs to identify and control moisture sources in the home to prevent the spread of mold.
During the warm summer months, the experts from PuroClean advise homeowners to keep an eye on these seasonal sources of moisture and take steps to control or eliminate them:
- Air conditioner drain pans
- Condensation caused by high indoor humidity or overly cold indoor surfaces
- Outdoor sprinklers set to allow the spray to hit the walls of the home
- Unvented kitchen and bathroom moisture
- Clothes dryers that vent indoors or wet towels and clothing left to dry indoors
- Overwatering house plants
- Moisture from human sources (sweat, wet hair, breath)
"These less-obvious moisture sources can be as dangerous as the typical leaks, spills and flooding that most homeowners recognize as potential breeding grounds for mold," says Leger. "Mold causes a hazard wherever it grows indoors, so homeowners need to be vigilant about controlling indoor moisture."
PuroClean professionals specialize in property emergency services and can help homeowners overcome the devastating aftermath of property damage caused by water, fire, mold and other conditions, according to Leger. When the damage is caused by water -- whether from an indoor leak, flooding, or violent summer storms -- PuroClean technicians work quickly, professionally, and in accordance with restoration industry standards to ensure that the home is dried quickly and completely. This is the best way to help guard against the occurrence of mold.
"Homeowners need to understand how prevalent mold is and how easy it is for mold to find a foothold in the home," says Leger. "While we can help a homeowner deal with mold after a flood or other disaster, the homeowner needs to stay on the alert to identify and correct everyday sources of moisture before mold has a chance to grow."
For more information about PuroClean or for additional advice on protecting a home from mold, please visit www.puroclean.com.
PuroClean is a property damage restoration company that offers emergency clean up, restoration, and repair services including fire and smoke damage restoration, water damage restoration, flood water removal, and mold and mildew removal. PuroClean has earned the trust of property owners, insurance professionals and home service providers throughout the United States and Canada since 2001. Backed by a comprehensive network of more than 300 franchise offices and a national training and business support center, each PuroClean office responds promptly to property emergencies, demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and compassion. PuroClean certified technicians are thoroughly screened, insured and trained in utilizing the latest in mitigation technology and procedures throughout the remediation process while operating under a strict code of ethics. In addition to serving the needs of property owners, PuroClean offers hundreds of Continuing Education classes each year to insurance professionals and property service providers nationwide. In 2010, PuroClean trained over 11,800 insurance professionals nationwide, helping them earn their continuing education credits. For more information on PuroClean, please contact 800-775-PURO or visit www.puroclean.com.