Mold in your home
A 2003 University of Arizona study found that 100 percent of homes have mold, albeit not always the dangerous types of mold that may cause illness. Still, mold spores are everywhere and when given the chance to flourish and grow mold issues can be quite costly. Here are some tips to prevent mold growth in your home.
- Caulk around water fixtures: The kitchen and bathroom are the areas mold likes the best. Mold grows best in damp environments. By caulking around your faucets, tubs, showers and toilets you’re preventing water from getting into areas that can’t be dried quickly. Check yearly for any cracks or growth on your caulking. Replace the caulk as needed.
- Clean out your gutters: Not only will you prevent things like flooding around your foundation, you’ll reduce the chance for mold growth. Standing water in your gutters can lead to water leaking into exterior walls. Not only will you reduce the chance of water leaking into your home, you’ll extend the life of your gutters by keeping them free of debris that causes drainage issues.
- Caulk around the outside your windows. Not only will you prevent rain or irrigation water from entering your home and causing problems you’ll save on energy costs by reducing air leaks through the windows.
- Immediately repair roof leaks, no matter how small. Fixing a small leak is less expensive than allowing the problem to grow, and it will grow. Inspect your attic and any unused rooms quarterly for any leaks. Have small issues repaired immediately to prevent having to replace a larger section of your roof or flashing, or worse, having to have mold remediation in your home.
- Do you have a crawl space under the home? Just like you need to inspect your attic regularly for any leaks also check your crawlspace. Look for pools of moisture, wet soil or white lines on the foundation walls. Keep your vents open in the summer and closed in the winter.
- Clean your washing machine regularly. Does your laundry smell like mildew? It may be a dirty washing machine. Check your machine’s owner’s manual for cleaning instructions.
- Keep your HVAC system properly maintained and running. Running your AC in the summer and heat in the winter reduces the amount of moisture in the air, circulates and filters the air. However, if your drip pan overflows from lack of maintenance it’s a prime environment for mold growth.
Using these tips can help reduce the number of mold spores in your home as well as take away the moist environment needed for mold to grow and thrive. If you find mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of Johnston County (919) 359-2599. We are mold mitigation and cleanup specialists.