Mold Prevention – Keeping Your Home Healthy and Safe
Spring is coming and with it comes the warm weather. It’s the time of year everyone get’s their house ready to enjoy their outdoor living space and do a little spring cleaning to get ready for summer. It’s also the time of year that many homeowners may find a few unexpected surprises while getting ready for the season.
The spring season is a perfect time to take some time out and perform some basic home maintenance activities to get ready for summer and prevent future mold issues.
Checking your Attic
When is the last time you looked in your attic? How has your roof held up over the cold harsh winter? Did you have enough insulation?
Now is the time to take a look inside your attic and your roof. Bring a flashlight and take a look around the inside to see if there are any signs of water damage, water staining, or any other issues. If you see signs of insulation that has been disturbed this could be a sign that critters have found a way into your attic space. Your attic should be well insulated with no signs of water damage or discolouration and all venting should be in good working order and unobstructed. The shingles on your roof should be intact and show no signs of curling or peeling. Staying on top of these types of issues and fixing these problems quickly will prevent you from having mold issues and maintain the integrity of your home.
Eaves Troughs and Downspouts
Are your eaves troughs free and clear of debris? Are they securely fastened to your home? Are the downspouts connected to the eaves troughs and are they leading water away from your home?
If you can, take a look at your eaves and check if they are in good working order. Or consider hiring someone to check and clean them for you. Ice damning over the winter can create a lot of damage so it is a good idea to make sure everything is in good working order.
Checking your foundation and exterior drains
Now that all the snow is gone and we’ve had a few good rainstorms, it is a good time to check that your foundation is secure with no visible signs of cracks or crumbling concrete. Any exterior drains should be clear of debris such as leaves and garbage to allow for easy drainage. If you see any holes or openings that might allow water to drain into your home you should fix these problems as soon as possible to prevent water intrusion in your home and mold issues from developing.
Cleaning out storage area’s and crawl spaces
For most people space is at a premium and for many, closets, storage areas and crawl spaces are packed tightly with clothes, toys and other household items not in use over the winter. Aside from water issues one of the main culprits for mold growth is ventilation. De-cluttering and allowing some fresh air to circulate in these small packed places can go a long way to preventing mold growth and keeping your belongings mold free.
Taking the time out to perform a few simple steps can go a long way to keeping your home mold free. Summer is such a short season so why not set yourself up for success and invest a little time to make your home healthy and safe so you can spend your time enjoying your home and the season.