When you have no choice but to hire a mold removal specialist to inspect, test, and remove a mold problem in your home, the impact on your bank account is real. In mild cases, you may pleasantly surprised at how affordable it is to get professional help for a mold problem—but in serious cases, the costs can be a serious burden.
On average, American homeowners spend anywhere between $400 and $4000 for professional help with mold problems. If you’re on the upper end of that range (or even above it), you can see how troublesome these unexpected costs can be. You might even have to break into a savings account or vacation fund in order to cover your bases. But since the health of you family and the value of your property are at stake, you don’t have much choice.
What does all of this mean, when you boil it down?
Basically, it means that mold prevention is the name of the game when it comes to saving money, protecting your health, and keeping your property value healthy as well. Once mold takes a strong foothold in your home, it will cost thousands to root it out, often requiring portions of walls and flooring to be completely removed and replaced. Putting a solid mold prevention strategy in place is the single most effective way to avoid this type of scenario.
Here are the mold prevention measures every homeowner should consider.
Install a dehumidifier
Mold thrives in humid conditions. In fact, most common varieties of mold need high levels of humidity in order to flourish. By controlling the humidity in your home, you take away one of the most important elements needed by mold colonies. Modern air conditioners remove humidity from the air, but it’s not always necessary to run the A/C. A dehumidifier—whether it’s a tabletop appliance or integrated into your HVAC system, can go a long way toward preventing mold.
Enhance basement drainage and waterproofing
Mold often sets up shop in the basement due to more humid conditions, as well as rain or snowmelt seeping through the foundation of the home. Water damage events commonly lead to mold infestations. These risks can be significantly reduced by implementing basement waterproofing and drainage methods. There are a whole range of DIY and professional solutions.
Mold grows stronger when ventilation is weak. It prefers stale, stagnant air. By installing a standalone or integrated ventilator, homeowners can make it even harder for mold to flourish. When air is constantly exchanged and cleaned, it becomes healthier in general. Many people don’t realize that ventilators can also make HVAC systems run more efficiently.
Call a specialist
When you read about how costly a serious mold infestation can be, both in terms of health and cash, it’s not worth rolling the dice. A qualified mold remediation specialist can inspect your home for mold, subject mold spores to lab tests, offer solid mold prevention advice for your particular situation, and give you a clear path toward resolving any serious mold issues that do exist. One thing’s for certain: Prevention is key.
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