The days will soon be getting warmer and warmer and spring is almost in view. Each spring brings something new but what never changes about spring is the high amounts of allergies kicking in and rises in mold. Spring is usually the season mold thrives the most. Mold is a nuisance in every which way. Preventing mold is often in the control of homeowners. Here are the best preventive mold tips to follow when the calendar turns to spring.
Sometimes spills and leaks can cease or dissolve by themselves but it is never a good thing to let that happen. Liquid spills and water leaks can turn into mold spots before you know it. If you know you spilled something or see a leak, address the situation right away. In addition, water can splash easily in areas you use a sink. Always keep in mind to dry wet surfaces and spots.
Some leaks are more dangerous than others. If you see a pipe leaking from under a sink or a leak in your roof, you may need to contact a professional. Roof leaks can lead to issues with structural damage in your home if not addressed quickly, so be sure to call a roofing professional if you see water dripping from a ceiling in your home.
When moisture levels are excessively high, it invites mold to start growing. Use devices such as a ventilation fan or a dehumidifier to keep moisture levels low. When showering or taking a bath, it is always a good idea to keep a window cracked if possible to let excess steam out.
Moisture causes mold to thrive, so inspect areas of the home, such as basements, attics and crawlspaces where moisture is more prominent. If you have a damp basement, having a dehumidifier can go a long way to keeping the area dry.
While we all like to be fresh and clean, but spending more time than necessary using the showers increases the chances mold will grow. Shower for as long as you believe is right but it is recommended to keep showers under 15 minutes.
Again, this is a good time to remind you to crack a window if possible while showering.
When you take care of your gutters, they will take care of you. It is a two-way street when it comes to gutters. Gutters can easily clog up and it is on homeowners to ensure that does not happen. Clogged gutters can lead to issues with your roofing system, which can lead to problems with moisture in your attic.
As moisture builds, your attic can have severe mold problems. It is best to prevent this by cleaning your gutters, or hiring a gutter cleaning service to maintain them for you.