Dealing with mold growth isn’t easy. If you’re a homeowner, you likely understand just how dangerous a mold problem can become. Not only can it lead to allergy and respiratory problems for your family members, it can affect the structural integrity of your home as well. If you’re concerned about mold and how it can affect your family and house, there are some things you can do to prevent mold growth in your home.
1. Check for Leaks in Your Home
Did you know that water leaks can cause mold to begin growing in your home? Many homeowners don’t notice small leaks, especially those under sinks or behind toilets until it’s too late and the damage has been done. Make sure you begin to check for leaks in your home on a regular basis before something small turns into a big problem. This will assist you in making sure you prevent mold growth in your home.
2. Reduce Moisture to Prevent Mold Growth in your Home
If you live in an area with high humidity, your environment may be the perfect place for mold to develop in your home. Consider utilizing a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air in your home. This is a simple solution that can remove several pints of water each hour from the air in your home.
3. Repair any problems areas quickly
When you notice a problem in your home, whether it be the start of mold development, a small leak under a sink, or a musty odor, make sure you tackle it quickly. The longer you wait to repair a problem that involves mold, the more of an issue it will become. Mold growth won’t go away on its own. This makes it even more important to identify the source of moisture and deal with any mold as soon as possible.
Understanding how to prevent mold from growing in your home is a simple process that mostly involves checking for leaks and reducing any standing water or excess moisture in your home. Mold typically presents after a period of excess moisture in an area, especially after local flooding or broken pipes. When you take the time to check for leaks and to manage mold development in your home, you’re making certain that your home will be a safe, healthy place for you and your family members and that mold won’t damage the structural integrity of your house.
When in doubt, always hire a professional to perform a mold inspection. Red Leaf Home Inspections provides home inspection services to North Vancouver Island, including mold inspections. We use a moisture meter to identify the levels of moisture in your home and determine where mold is growing and areas susceptible to future mold growth. Contact us to schedule your inspection today!