It’s rainy season around here, and that means wet. Everywhere, and on everything. One of the drawbacks of our temperate but moist climate is mold growth. Mold loves it around here. If you have any leaks, cracks, or plumbing troubles you have yet to find, mold growth could be your first clue that something is “off.” The situation may arise, also, where you’ve had a plumbing disaster and now everything is wet; perfect conditions for mold to make an appearance. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent mold growth and stay dry all season.
How To Prevent Mold Growth
- Inspect and repair leaks. This includes your plumbing and water heater. Check for leaks or excess moisture behind your washer and dryer, under your refrigerator, and the back corners of your bathrooms.
- Dry wet areas immediately. Don’t give those spores a chance!
- Use fans in your bathrooms and/or open windows to ensure ventilation. We recommend keeping your bathroom fan on for thirty minutes after showering.
- Consider a dehumidifier for your basement if you have one. Basements are a prime location for mold growth.
- Clean and repair your gutters. After a rainy period, inspect them, and take a look at your ceilings. Any brown spots or drips? Sometimes this problem can be solved with a simple gutter cleaning.
- Monitor indoor humidity. Do your windows, walls and pipes have condensation on them? Dry them immediately and increase air flow around your home by opening doors between rooms, keeping closet doors open, and running an exhaust fan.
- Take a look at your crawl space. Is your sump pump in good working order? Do you have waterproofing in place? Prevent mold growth in your crawl space to keep your foundation strong.
- Direct water away from your home. Check for proper drainage and make sure the ground around your foundation is sloped away. Call a professional if you find that it isn’t. There are steps you can take to keep your foundation dry.
- Cover or insulate exposed pipes.
How To Clean The Mold You Have
We recommend cleaning the moldy areas with water and detergent, or a solution of bleach and water: 10% bleach to 90% water. Let the areas dry completely. Wear a mask, goggles and gloves! If repairs are required for the areas, making certain the surfaces are completely dry before repair or repainting is important. Paint applied over moldy surfaces tends to peel.
Is It Your Plumbing? Call Us!
We’re here for you 24/7 to answer your questions and lend you a hand. If you find the source of mold is related to a plumbing problem, we’ve got your back! Remember: to prevent mold growth in your home, start with your plumbing. It could be a simple fix!
Source: EPA’s Mold Guide