Returning home after Summer break or Vacations
The spring semester ends and students head home to visit with friends and families. When they leave their apartment, home, townhome, or condo, they assume that upon their return everything will be just as they left it. That, unfortunately, is not always the case.
With the return of college students and summer vacationers alike, we have had a massive influx in mold remediation jobs. People return to their homes to either find their walls, floors and belongings covered in mold. Most have no idea what caused it or what to do next! That's where we come in.
Primary causes of Mold growth include but are certainly not limited to: water intrusion, the improper dry out of water damage, flooding, high humidity levels, and a broken or turned off air conditioning unit. In the case of a home that is left empty for the summer, finding mold upon returning is very common. In general, the cause is a turned off air conditioning unit. NEVER turn off your air conditioner. South Carolina has an extremely high humidity level. A high humidity level is the perfect condition for mold growth. An air conditioner set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit, at the very highest, will keep the cost of your electrical bill low all while circulating the air in your home and preventing mold growth.
The second most common cause behind mold growth is an unknown water intrusion. If you plan to leave your home empty over the summer, have a friend or neighbor whom you trust periodically stop by to monitor the condition of your home. For example, we experienced plenty of heavy rainfall this summer, as Florida normally does. What if you have any unknown leak in your roof? Water damage will occur. Unfortunately if no one is in the home to catch this, the water damage will only get worse. The wet walls, flooring, etc. are breeding grounds for mold. While you are away enjoying your summer, mold is infesting your home. But sometimes, you don't even have to have an uninhabited home for this to occur! If water damage occurs in your home, whether it be from indoor or outdoor sources, handle it properly. Water damage that is not dried properly will result in mold. Water mitigation might not be the cheapest process, but mold remediation can certainly be more expensive. The longer water damage lingers without being handled properly, the more damage that is created.