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These Simple Tips Prevent Mold Growth for Chicago Residents


    preventing mold growthWe’re just a few weeks away from spring and this Chicago winter weather is still in full force,  so the traditional spring outdoor clean up will have to wait. However, there are some indoor areas you can check to avoid mold damage that would likely require professional mold removal by a company like ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons in Chicago.

    The winter months keep many of us indoors, but it is surprising how many rooms and areas go virtually untouched for months at a time. These areas are perfect environments for mold growth, and without proper maintenance, that’s exactly what will happen. How do you reduce your exposure risks to mold? The basic answer is clean every inch of your home on a weekly basis. We know that is not what you want to hear, nor is it what most will do, but try to follow these steps to at least reduce your mold damage risks:

    • Install humidity monitors on each level of your home. This will help monitor the humidity level to maintain a less than 60% relative humidity level.
    • Check every exposed pipe in your home. You are looking for moisture that would be an indicator of a potential leak. Even if it’s a tiny leak, you are creating a perfect environment for mold growth.
    • Check and clean your refrigerator drip pan and the seals. Moisture can be trapped and mold can quickly grow in the pan or on the seal.
    • When cooking, use the vent above your stove to help remove excess moisture.
    • Consider installing a dehumidifier in your basement if you have one. This will help maintain the proper humidity level.
    • Clean under each doormat. Moisture can buildup and cause permanent mold damage to hardwood floors.

    While these are just a few basic steps to reducing your exposure to mold, the battle is never ending. The best way to ensure your home stays healthy and mold free is to clean on a weekly basis and try to implement a few mold prevention measures such as a dehumidifier. If you find an infestation of mold and need help eliminating it, give ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons a call. We will safely and thoroughly clean and eradicate the menace of mold from your home or business environment!


    • Nasutsa Mabwa

      Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.

      About ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons
      Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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