Why should you be concerned about mold in your home, anyway? Well, there are three big reasons:
- Not only can mold be difficult to remove, it also has the potential to be a costly process
- Where mold is left unchecked, it can lead to dry rot and even damage to the structure of your home, which will impact not only your safety, but the value of the property itself
- Mold in the home produces irritants, allergens, and toxins that are small enough to be inhaled into the lungs and impact not just how you feel, but your long-term health as well.
Mold is preventable, as long as you’re diligent, so there’s no need to worry! With the following tips, you can keep an eye on your home and ensure that mold doesn’t get a chance to grow, and if it’s already there, that it won’t spread.
Inspect your home for mold
Get ahead of mold concerns by checking areas in your home that are prone to mold or may become prone to mold under the right conditions. Repairing household issues may have an initial cost, but it will prevent the expense and headache of mold later on, which will partially be dealt with by fixing those same issues! Answer these questions for a good place to start:
- Does my basement ever flood? If there is not true flooding, is it damp?
- When I look at my windows, is there often visible condensation?
- Does my ceiling have water stains?
- Do I ever notice water flowing to my home’s foundation?
Ensure proper ventilation to avoid mold
Even normal day to day activities like cooking, taking a shower, or washing your laundry can lead to excess moisture in your home without proper air flow to release the condensation they produce. This condensation can build up on walls, floors and ceilings, leading to mold growth over time.
To increase air flow in your home and prevent moisture build up, keep doors open between rooms. Make sure to use a fan when you cook or shower, and ensure that appliances that create moisture, like washing machines and stoves, vent towards the outside and not into attics or crawlspaces.
Direct water away to prevent dampness
To prevent moisture in your basement and foundation before it starts, it’s important to make sure that water isn’t flowing towards the home and seeping in underneath.
You can walk around the perimeter of your home to check for the slope of the earth, which should be tilted so that water flows away from it. It’s also important to check that any gardens or decorative plants aren’t too close to your home’s foundation, so that watering them doesn’t bring moisture too close.
What’s next? A healthy home!
If during your inspection of your home, you find that condensation or mold are already present, there’s no need to worry! Flood Medix are happy to take care of the problem and set you up for success.
We specialize in making your home as good as new, so give us a call at 770-361-6180 and we’ll get started.