Mold is never welcome. It is hazardous to your health and you need to get rid of it immediately. There are ways to create conditions that prevent it from forming. Dark and humid places are usually the perfect spot, and if you suspect something; investigate cellars, bathrooms, and storage rooms. I wanted to better understand why mold would appear inside my home and how to treat it so I talked to EMS who are mold remediation pros. Here’s what you should do to make sure it stays as far as possible.
Conduct an Investigation
Similar to detective movies, you need to pinpoint possible locations in your home where mold had been growing before or might appear again. Prime suspects are the basement, areas susceptible to flooding, or high humidity in general, like a bathroom or a kitchen. If you find a leak somewhere, don’t ignore it. Frequent condensation also creates good conditions for mold growth.
Whatever the issue might be it is vital to fix it now. It is not enough to remove mold once and hope it won’t come back. Sometimes fixes are as simple as buying products that fight mold, but if you need to replace the flooring or old furniture and waterproof your entire home then it’s better to do it all at once. This investment is especially good during the pandemic when we spend more time at home, and can’t risk any infection.
Don’t Leave Wet Areas Stay Like That
Humidity shouldn’t be disregarded because it helps mold grow. Any area of your home that’s been recently affected by water should be dried immediately. Heavy rain might have breached your basement. If your home was flooded you need to take damaged furniture outside and let it dry. Depending on the amount of damage some items are better off replaced. Use dehumidifiers, fans, and drafts to dry your home as quickly as possible.
Don’t let wet clothes sit in a washing machine for days, and clean up the bathroom after a shower.
Every home needs good airflow and proper ventilation. This is another thing to consider if you are planning to renovate. When it comes to appliances, make sure the exhaust fans are blowing outside. You can also use the AC and dehumidifiers if you live in an area with high humidity. Make sure you open windows when you are cooking or taking a shower, this way the majority of moisture will go outside.
Again, if you are planning to renovate then you should use mold-resistant drywall and sheetrock. These products are made specifically to deflect moisture and are best used in bathrooms and kitchens where humidity is higher than the rest of the home.
Buy a gadget that can measure humidity in your home and use it if you are suspicious. You will be able to see if humidity should stay between 30 and 60 percent. Condensation makes it pretty obvious. You need to react quickly and first find out what caused it and how to fix it, after that dry the area.
Check Your Roof
Your roof might be leaky because it’s clogged with leaves and debris. As part of your home’s regular maintenance, you should climb up every now and then, or have a professional do it for you. The gutters might be clogged and a simple cleaning would do the trick. If they are broken they need to be repaired or replaced. Your home should be able to sustain heavy rains and storms, but if you notice water stains on your walls after such events then you need to check your roof.