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Mold in the home can be the source of a long list of common but serious problems, anything from allergic reactions to carpeting damage to issues with the foundation itself!

All of these things are issues we want to avoid, but you may be asking… how? After all, mold can often remain hidden until the issues themselves arise, so is there anything I can do?

The answer is absolutely yes! The following tips will help prevent mold growth before it happens, saving you time, money, and heartache.

Look for leaks

A water stain that hid a big problem inside the wall.

Small leaks in your house are very common, and may not seem like something to be concerned about- after all, if it’s a little water, it can’t do much harm, can it?

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Over time, even a small amount of moisture or condensation can build up and lead to mold growth, even if the leak itself is small.

Make sure you repair leaks in your roof, windows, under the sink, or anywhere else they may appear as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth and water damage.

Deal with debris

Gutters and downspouts serve the important purpose of directing water away from your roof, but if they are blocked or leaky, they can turn around and become a source of water problems themselves.

Check these areas often for build up of debris, and make sure to keep them clean and well-maintained, especially after heavy storms or hurricanes.

This is also a good time to check your ceiling for water stains or dampness. In addition, you should always make sure the ground beneath your downspouts is graded correctly so that water flows away from your home, never towards it.

Inspect interiors

Mold growing on attic joists

Your basement, attic, crawlspace, and any storage areas inside your home can become a host for mold and mildew if they aren’t properly ventilated or if there are any water leaks or spills that cause condensation to build up.

Make sure you check these areas frequently for any water or growth of mold, because they are often dark and tend to be more damp than other areas of your home, which is a perfect environment for mold spores to settle in and start to grow.

If necessary, install fans or dehumidifiers to maintain proper ventilation and cut down on dampness, and always deal with any dampness right away. Pay special attention to ceilings, corners, and insulation when you inspect these areas for mold growth.

I already have mold… what now?

If, while inspecting your home, you find that mold or mildew is already growing, there’s no reason to worry!

Call the Flood Medix at 770-361-6180 to begin the process of not only removing the mold itself, but clearing the air and preventing any further growth. Mold in the home can be a headache, but it doesn’t have to be.