If you are a homeowner, or considering buying a home this spring, you want to make sure that your Windsor property is clear of mold. Even new construction can have mold if it has been vacant for a period of time. The combination of warm temperatures and moisture provide excellent conditions for all types of mold growth.
The problem is that mold is a very big threat to buildings and property. If it isn’t caught early, it will spread and will pose unwanted damage and very significant health issues. In fact, even if you simply touch mold or breathe air with mold spores, you can get a variety of reactions which include coughing, eye irritation, skin issues and possibly breathing problems in the most dangerous of cases.
But here’s a rundown: If you add moisture, warmer temperatures and nutrients all together, then you have a prime location for mold. And once mold spores are inside your home or property, it grows quickly. Keep in mind that you can never get rid of mold spores because they are too tiny to see and are everywhere outside. When you walk outside, you are in immediate contact with these pesky creatures. Instead, the question is how to prevent the spores from entering your home. If it does get inside, then what do you do?
The best ways to prevent mold from creating havoc to your property is to get rid of the prime conditions that encourage growth:
1. Regulate moisture control:
Moisture can come into our homes in a variety of ways. It could be through damp air, water, windows, doors as well as showering, laundry, dishwashing and even cooking. Leaks and certainly plumbing issues are very good ways for water to get inside as well. In fact, washing machine hoses and water heaters are the main reasons home owners experience water damage. This is why vacant homes often have mold issues because they are usually left alone and with a water pipe bursting or water heater leaking, mold takes over.
2. Eliminate Nutrients:
Mold loves to settle where there is a food source. Natural fibers, which are found in clothing, books, furnitures, and other materials provide popular feeding grounds. And once mold gets comfortable, it spreads like wild flowers. It will grow on walls, in closets, clothing and of course, showers. Did you know that soap scum found in showers is an excellent food source for mold? In basements, boxes of clothes or books will often have mold inside when they have been in contact with moisture.
3. Maintain Temperature Control:
With summer on its way, a homeowner needs to remember that hot weather encourages mold growth. The prime temperatures for mold to make itself at home is between 75 -87 degrees. Of course, air conditioning helps , but humid air won’t stop mold from growing. And the prime locations? For home buyers or sellers, look inside kitchen cabinets, closets or under bathroom or kitchen sinks since these are usually the warmest areas in a home.
What are the best ways to keep mold away?
1. Clean and sanitize your home regularly.
2. Clean showers frequently and remove soap scum.
3. Leave fans on whenever possible as it will circulate the air.
4. Always be on the lookout for standing water, condensation or wet areas.
5. Get leaky faucets and plumbing problems fixed immediately.
6. If your foundation stays wet, then make sure there is proper drainage away from your property.
7. Check air conditioners to determine they are properly maintained now that summer is on its way.
Yet, because mold can hide itself, particularly behind walls, it’s not surprising when a homeowner is shocked to discover their home has mold. Mold is often not clearly visible, but it’s necessary for an inspection, particularly if home owners are experiencing any allergic reactions. It’s also necessary to verify there is not an issue if moisture or leaks have been discovered. It is recommended that anyone who may suspect any problems with mold, to have a complete and thorough inspection, particularly if they suspect any health issue.
While some mold can be easily treated by homeowners, it’s important that care be taken when removing mold. If the problem is too big to handle, or if it’s in between walls, or in hard to reach places, then hiring a professional to get rid of the problem will be necessary. This is especially true if a homeowner has plans to sell his or her property. A professional and experienced inspector can certainly give you an idea if you have an issue with mold. And remember, mold can cause structural problems with wood decay, so the sooner you have your home properly inspected, you must get it treated immediately.