If you aren't on top of things around your home, you can find yourself dealing with mold issues. Not only can certain types of mold be harmful to those in your household, but it can quickly cause damage to your home that will lead to expensive repair bills from wall and even foundation damage. Follow the tips detailed in the article below to prevent mold from becoming a problem in your home:
Look for potential problem areas
Mold can grow on any surface, and this means any part of your home is susceptible. Mold grows when mold spores in the air land on an area that's moist. Unfortunately, mold tends to prefer the same temperature people do. This means by keeping your home a comfortable temperature for your family, you are inviting mold to develop if you aren't diligent about preventing moist areas from developing.
Make note of areas in your home where moisture can be an issue and watch those areas closely and on a regular basis. If moisture develops, you want to correct the situation immediately. Some common areas where moisture tends to pose problems include the following:
- The basement, which may be prone to flooding
- The walls near your air conditioner unit and the ceiling if you have a unit on your roof
- Cabinet spaces near plumbing pipes
- Areas near the water heater
- The ceiling if there is a roof leak
- Any wall that plumbing pipes go through
- Flooring near a water source
- Carpets near an entryway where rain water can come in
- Window sills
Fix leaks immediately and dry up water
When you actively look for potential problems, you will be at an advantage with regard to spotting leaks. When you find a leak, you want to fix it right away. If the issue is a plumbing leak, turn off the water to that area until the leaky pipe is repaired.
Dry up any water quickly. You may want to use a wet/dry vac if there is a substantial amount of water. Once you get up most of the water, you can dry the rest with towels. If the carpeting or your walls are wet, open the house up if it's warm outside. Also, point fans on the wet areas.
Clean up any mold breakouts immediately
If you see small areas of mold, try cleaning them with some bleach and water. You should wear a face mask during the process. If you find large amounts of mold, you should call a professional service, such as Central Flood Management Inc, to help with the cleanup process.