Tuesday, April 18, 2023 / by Blair Hayes
Mold can not only be extremely damaging to your health, it can also be destructive to your home. Here’s a few tips you can easily implement to help protect you and your loved ones and your home:
1.) Always use vent fans. When taking a shower or bath, be sure to use the fan in your bathroom to help get rid of moisture in the air from steam. Also make sure to have the vent above your stove on when cooking.
2.) Locate the main water shut off valve for your home and make sure all occupants are informed of its location. In the event a pipe bursts or you notice some other type of flooding occurring in your home, you need to shut off your water immediately. Then, as quickly as you can, begin getting the water out of your home and allow the space to dry. Call a water damage restoration technician so you can ensure your home has been properly restored and aired out to prevent mold growth.
3.) If your roof has leaked or you notice rings on your ceiling, call your insurance provider immediately to make a claim and start the process of having your roof repaired or replaced. Be sure to dry up any water that has dripped down your walls or onto your floor and put pails or containers underneath the drip to catch any additional water.
4.) Ensure your home is properly sealed by checking around windows and doors. Use caulking/sealant on any areas that are not properly sealed. This will help keep moisture out.
5.) You can add mold inhibitors to your paint when painting walls in your home.
6.) Do not put carpet in areas of your home where moisture would likely be easily retained, such as the bathroom or kitchen.
7.) If you have a humidity reader or humidifier/dehumidifier in your home, keep the humidity levels below 50% humidity at all times.
As you can probably tell, mold loves moisture. Therefore, it is imperative that you take these precautions in order to prevent moisture being retained in your walls, flooring and ceiling in order to prevent mold growth and protect your home and everyone inside of it.
Written by Blair Hayes, REALTOR®