In order for mold to grow and thrive, there must be excess moisture, food, the right temperature and lack of ventilation.
The most important step that any property owner can take is to identify any humidity, moisture or water problems before they create bigger more costly issues. Look for any water or moisture present in your home. Be sure to pay special attention to your plumbing in basements and crawl spaces where a water leak wouldn't be as noticeable. Recognize musty or moldy odors, which indicate mold growth. Your sense of smell may alert you to potential problems you cannot see. As soon as you become aware of a different smell this is perfect time to start investigating a little bit further. Control humidity in bathrooms and wherever water is used on a regular basis. The use of exhaust fans, proper caulking and effective cleaning with a bleach based product will help keep problems away. Inspect your HVAC systems and air conditioners as well as this is a common location where mold is present. Regular inspection and maintenance can identify moisture problems or drain clogs before they get worse.
If moisture or mold is spotted contact a SERVPRO professional to come out and take a look. We will be able to provide you with an estimate for what it will take to clean the affected areas.