When your home suffers water damage, the primary consequence is mold. Mold has the ability to damage various areas of your home that may go unseen for weeks, possibly even months. Unfortunately, this leaves you and your family susceptible to a number of health issues, including allergies, asthma attacks, and more. Luckily, you can call in professionals to remove mold from your home. However, there are steps that you can take to prevent mold from ever taking hold in the first place. Here are four tips:
Tip #1: Keep Water Away from the Foundation of Your Home
Your basement is one of the coolest areas of the home, if not the coolest. The cool, when coupled with wet moisture, is the perfect environment for mold to grow. Therefore, it is important for you to keep water away from your home's foundation, as this is key to preventing mold growth in the basement. To help prevent water seeping in the basement, you will want to make sure that your gutters are cleaned on a regular basis to avoid clogged gutters. You also need to ensure that the ground slopes away from the home instead of toward it.
Tip #2: Quickly Clean Up Water When It Gets In
If water does manage to get inside the home, you want to move as quickly as possible to get it cleaned up and the area dry. It only takes around 24 to 48 hours for mold to grow, which can create long-term health problems for those living in the home. So, whether it is a flood or a plumbing leak, clean the water up quickly and remove all damaged items unless they can be completed dried. Anything that is left too long, such as flooring and drywall, can be compromised. These items generally need to be removed and replaced by the appropriate professional.
Tip #3: Maintain Adequate Ventilation Throughout the Home
It is very important that your home is adequately ventilated. The more air that you have circulating through the home, especially when moist air is being directed outside the home, the more difficult it is for mold spores to gain a foothold inside. So, if you are adding moisture into the air, such as when you are a taking a shower, washing dishes or cooking, make sure that you turn an exhaust vent on or open a window to help get that moist air out.
While you can take the necessary steps to try and prevent mold, it is sometimes impossible to eliminate the growth of mold completely. If you suspect mold growth in your home, contact a mold remediation company like Colfax Corporation.