Preventing Water Damage, Prevent Mold
Water Damage Can Cause Mold Growth
Mold problems are easily preventable and the best thing you can do is to prevent it from ever happening. You should ensure all leaks are repaired promptly. It does not matter if the leak is coming from your roof or from a failing water or sewer pipe. If you fix leaks immediately you reduce your risk and you keep moisture out of your home.
Ensure Leaked Water is Dried Immediately
Always ensure you clean and dry things promptly. If discover that your basement flooded or if your AC has condensation and it drips onto a carpet you need to ensure everything gets dry and stays dry. Everything should be dried out within 24, mold needs moisture to grow, so drying all wet surfaces and materials is critical.
Control Humidity and Ventilation
Control humidity because humid air can provide the moisture needed for mold to get a foot hold. If necessary, you can use a dehumidifier in your basement. You can also run air-conditioning during the summer which is an excellent dehumidifier. Proper ventilation in your kitchen and bathroom are also important. There is a lot of moisture in these areas so venting these areas will help keep humidity down and under control.
Early Detection Is Your Best Friend
Mold can be a serious problem, however spotting it early can save you thousands of dollars. The cost of mold inspection is worth a few hundred dollars when buying a new home. If you spot mold in your home, get rid of it and do it as soon as possible.