Mold and mildew are something that most of us will have to deal with at some time in our lifetime. Even though it is a problem that you may eventually have to handle, that does not mean that we cannot take steps to avoid having it become a big problem in the first place. If you are planning on putting your home up for sale soon if you follow these steps you are most likely to be able to keep any final clean-ups to the bare minimum. And you will also prevent any buyers from not wanting to purchase your home foreseeing any mold or mildew issues that may come along with it. By keeping mold and mildew growth at bay you will not only keep your family members healthy, but you will help discourage any further mold growth for anyone that may purchase it in the future. These simple steps will help prevent it and keep it from coming back.
Cleaning Your Home
Doing a thorough and routine cleaning of your home is the best way from keeping mold and mildew from taking hold within your home. From doing an excellent sweeping and vacuuming and then thoroughly mopping the hard surfaces in your home, you will help keep mold and mildew from growing and having anything to eat. Spills or food debris that are on your floor or your countertops will allow a place for mold and mildew to thrive. By doing a complete and thorough cleaning periodically, you will catch those spots that you may be missing on your day to day clean-ups. Places like underneath your sofas and chairs, behind your refrigerators and other kitchen appliances, can be breeding grounds for mold and mildew. If you have small children or pets living in your home, the chances are that you have had to clean up messes under your couches before. Approximately every month or so, you should move your sofa and give the floor underneath it a good vacuuming and or mopping. While you are doing heavy cleaning, also vacuum and wipe down your windowsills as well as your floorboards. These are areas that moisture can quickly accumulate. If your windows may have been cracked open during a rainstorm and allowed water to gather, this excess moisture can lead to mold growing in these spaces.
Humidity in Your Household
Now that your extra cleaning has left your home in sparkling condition, you should consider the level of moisture that is present within your home. If the humidity level is high, you will have walls that have moisture accumulating on them, and then you will have mold growth. Your HVAC system may have a setting that will help keep the humidity level within your home in a stable condition. But if not, the addition of a dehumidifier to your home will. A dehumidifier is a relatively inexpensive fix to keeping the humidity levels within your home at the proper level.
If your home is subject to a high humidity problem within a specific area within your home, you should consider installing new carpeting. Once moisture gets into your carpet, it can be challenging to be able to get them thoroughly dry. If you want to put rugs in areas like your bathroom or other areas that tend to be damp, you may want to use area rugs or carpet squares that can be removed and be put outside periodically to dry in the sun. The sun is an excellent way to not only dry out moisture trapped within carpets but to also kill mold and mildew.
Having Clutter in Your Home
If your home inundated with clutter, it is going to being exponentially more difficult to keep it clean. If there are fewer places for dirt, debris, and spills to be concealed, they will not allow mold and mildew to thrive in an area that is out of view. As they do not need a very long time to grow into a large and thriving colony.
Does Your Home Have Any Leaks?
It doesn’t matter what type of leak or spill that you have within your home, it is imperative to clean it up as soon as possible. The longer that a leaking pipe can run, the more extensive the damage will be. Not only that, but the mold and mildew that follow will be a much larger and complicated area to treat. Whenever able, the more circulation that you can get through the affected area, such as from open windows and with fans to help, the more likely that the fresh and moving air will assist in deterring mold to grow.
Contact Your Local Professionals
If you are concerned with having a mold or mildew issue that is beyond your control, and you live within Palm Beach County, FL., or if you have any questions regarding mold remediation, please feel free to call us at NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services (561) 445-8483 and we will be happy to help.