Mold is often the most common problem to have in a home. When not kept in check, mold can be a potential health issue; can cause damage to the structure of your home, and leave tell-tale signs inside your house. To protect your home, a few measures of prevention can be the key in keeping it under control.
If you have no moisture in your home then mold does not grow. If you have any kind of leak, condensation, spills or humidity then you’re likely to have mold. These are the first things to consider when looking for mold in your home.
Preventing mold in your home is much easier than you think.
Below are some tips for avoiding conditions that lend themselves to mold that will thrive.
- Check areas such as bathrooms, utility sinks, kitchens, and especially waste and supply lines. Make sure these areas are fixed properly and make sure the area dries completely.
- All grouted areas need to be check and these include: titles in the shower, bottom of the outside of the bathtub and floor titles.
Repair any that are damaged and use a sealant to help prevent any absorption from occurring.
- Increasing ventilation in problem areas, especially in the bathroom, can help to resolve some of these issues. Look into getting exhaust fans and more ventilation in the attic area.
- For air conditioners and dehumidifiers it’s important to regularly clean and empty hoses and drain pans, as these can easily clear up some of the problem areas.
- Roofs are a major offender and it’s important to regularly check for leaks that could be allowing water to flow into the attic areas, and they can also build up underneath the shingles on a roof.
Some areas often stay damp and the shower area is a major offender. In this area it’s often more difficult to get rid of mold and keep it mold free, but it can be kept to a minimum by cleaning it often and making sure windows are left open. Other areas may require the skills of a professional who is certified in finding and stopping mold spread.
When mold establishes itself in a home it’s often difficult to remove and stop it. A professional who is qualified, will fix the problem and offer preventative measures that will help to decrease the chances of it returning.