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A Growing Problem

Rainy season brings the growth of new plants and flowers, flowing waterways and fun puddles for jumping. Over a long period of time, standing water and high humidity levels produce mold. Mold growth is a direct result of water infiltration; and damage from mold growth isn't limited to building materials and personal property; it has the potential to cause serious health problems.

Molds produce allergens, irritants and potentially toxic substances. Allergic responses include hay fever-type or asthmatic symptoms that can be immediate or delayed.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer these mold prevention tips:

Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. Air conditioners or dehumidifiers will help keep the level low. Humidity levels change over the course of a day so check the humidity levels more than once a day.

Ventilate your home by using exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom. Those vents, as well as clothes dryer, should vent outside your home.

Fix leaks in your home’s roof, walls or plumbing.

Clean and dry out your home within 24–48 hours after flooding.

Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.

Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

Nationally certified mold remediation technicians and project managers are trained to assess the severity of a mold problem and to provide a concise plan to normalize the affected area(s) back to normal as soon as possible.

Service Master Wyz is one of the ONLY Certified Mold Remediation businesses in the state of Kentucky.

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