SERVPRO’s Tips on Preventing Mold Damage During the Holidays
There are many articles online about the dangers of mold in Burnsville homes – and when the festive season approaches there are many concerns about the fungal growth of holiday trees. It is true that some articles about “toxic” black mold are little more than scaremongering. However, it is possible for mold to enter the home and grow on holiday trees. SERVPRO recommends taking simple steps to avoid mold damage during the holidays.
Fungi are omnipresent and easily cause mold damage in Burnsville homes. Mold colonies grow wherever there are moisture and an organic food source such as paper, leather, drywall or wood. It is easy to see how mold grows on holiday trees thanks to the presence of moisture on the tree and wood to use as a food source.
It is possible to remove surface mold by hosing down the tree before bringing it inside. Washing does not prevent mold growth but removes some of the existing spores. It is essential to dry the tree thoroughly before bringing it indoors, as fungus loves damp spaces.
Run a dehumidifier near the tree to keep air humidity down and reduce mold growth opportunities. Be mindful that mold spores can travel through your home on your skin or clothes; do not handle the tree more than you have to, and use disposable gloves each time.
Do not keep the tree in your home for an extended period. As trees decay, there is, even more, an opportunity for mold and mildew growth. It is best to remove your tree from your home after seven days.
Consider replacing your real holiday tree with an artificial one. There are many beautiful artificial trees available today that look as good as the real thing but do not carry the same risk of fungal growth. If you enjoy the pine scent of a festive tree, purchase an air freshener, festive candle, or even a tree-scented room spray.
SERVPRO is on hand to help with mold growth all year round. Call our IICRC-certified technicians at the first sign of fungal growth.
For help with mold problems in Farmington, Orchard Garden, Deer Park and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville at (952) 846-4400 today.