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Places For And Causes Of Mold Damage In Kaneohe

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Reduce Moisture and the Relative Humidity RH in Your Kaneohe Home to Help Prevent Mold Damage

SERVPRO Advises on Mold Prevention Tips and General Information

It is relatively common knowledge that mold and mildew growth are constant challenges to residents of the Islands. Our state enjoys almost daily rain and average humidity percentages ranging from the mid to high 60's to over 80. Consistently reported precipitation and tropical temperatures and humidity provide microbes plenty of moisture needed to flourish in Kaneohe. Our mold remediation teams share strategies to control these frequent fungal growth problems.

Plumbing and roof leaks also contribute to mold damage in Kaneohe. Regular and expert repair and maintenance improve your odds when taking proactive steps to limit mold spores’ access to moisture. Some homeowners feel discouraged when their vigilance in home maintenance and humidity control still does not rid their homes of mold issues. We encourage frustrated residents living in this sheltered cove of Kaneohe Bay to discuss other possibilities underlying a persistent mold problem with our experts.

Some of the places molds can hide and grow are not where a homeowner might think to look. Because most Hawaiian homes rest on a slab foundation or post and pier construction, any water that overflows from appliances or mechanical systems located on the lowest level of a dwelling can pool if not drained properly. A washing machine or water heater might have a drain pan collecting excess moisture, providing an excellent environment for mold growth. Furthermore, SERVPRO sees circumstances where appliances sit on wooden platforms, exposing those organic materials to saturation and then mold risks.

Installing hoses or piping that drains the water to the exterior from the pan is a reliable solution to these mold hazards. SERVPRO mold remediators then can contain and remove the colonies, finishing by applying topical antimicrobials. Without the standing water, recurrence is far less likely.

Similarly, areas where water is expected, need not be continual mold incubators if experienced technicians evaluate the need for additional safeguards. A bathtub or shower in a Hawaiian home can handle anticipated water from the faucet as well as unanticipated moisture from the slab foundation or crawl space below. Shower pans and moisture impervious cement backer board installations help contain shower and tub water inside suitably installed and caulked fixtures. They then drain appropriately into the waste system and out of a home. Where subflooring is subjected to rain runoff and groundwater moisture, an upgrade to the appropriately rated vapor barriers is critical. Although SERVPRO can remediate bathroom mold outbreaks time after time, a more in-depth search for the cause minimizes or eliminates the need.

Rely on SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie for your mold damage remediation and prevention needs. One call to (808) 235-5015 gives you access to the knowledge and solutions our team offers for the unique mold damage issues faced by residents of Hawaii.

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