As the weather warms up and the spring rains fall, the world blooms to life. While the grass is greening and the flowers are growing, so too are hidden allergens such as mold. In addition to proliferating outside, warm weather can amp if the growth of mold inside your home.
Mold growth around the home
Inside your home, molds can be found in a variety of locations. This can include damp basements, stuffy closets, under baseboards and behind walls. In addition, they thrive in warm and moist environments such bathrooms, the laundry room and kitchens. They can also live quite nicely in food storage areas and drip pans. Other areas you might not expect to find mold include:
- Upholstered furniture
Fighting mold in your home
Diligence is the key to combatting mold in your home. By fighting it at the source, you are less likely to have a mold growth issue this spring and summer.
- Gutters and roof
–Keep your roof in good repair to avoid pooling water up that can cause damage inside your attic or other areas of your home. In addition, be sure the keep your gutters free of leaves and other debris so that water does not collect inside.
- Inspect foundation areas
–Be sure that the ground next to your foundation slopes away from your home. This will ensure that as water drains it will roll away from the foundation.
- Fix leaks
–If you have leaking pipes, roofing, appliances or other areas in your home, repair them immediately eliminate standing water.
–Wipe up any condensation that forms on walls, windows or pipes to avoid drips and excess water.
- Visible mold
–If you see mold growth in any area of your home, clean it up immediately with a bleach and water mixture.
- Clean air conditioner
–clean the drip pans, drain lines and even your HVAC system to ensure that mold not is blowing around your home.
- Reduce humidity levels
–When possible, run and air conditioner during humid weather. Keeping the relative humidity levels in your home between 30 and 50 percent offers an ideal climate in your home.
If you are concerned about mold growth in your home, contact the team at Bona Fide Home Inspections to schedule a mold inspection.