If you’re like most Americans who live in areas with four distinct seasons, you know how great it feels when winter finally eases off and spring comes into the picture. The breezes are warm, the trees are green, and you can finally spend some leisurely time outdoors after a long and cold winter.
Springtime also brings its own set of tasks and challenges. The house needs to be opened up and cleaned. You and your family might have some allergies to deal with. And your house is more susceptible to mold.
Mold, you say? Yes—homeowners commonly develop springtime mold problems. Why is this? In large part, it’s because of excess moisture. Snowmelt, springtime rains, and even flooded rivers can cause water damage to your home. And where there’s water damage, there’s often mold.
Mold thrives on moisture and excess water—and when moisture is combined with the warm air of springtime, conditions quickly become ideal for mold growth.
As a homeowner, what can you do about this? How can you prevent excess moisture and water damage from wreaking havoc on your home, and causing mold problems that are expensive and stressful to clean up?
Check regularly for signs of mold
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prevent mold growth during the springtime is check regularly for signs of invasion. This means paying particular attention to areas that are more susceptible to mold: Basements, bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and an area of the home that is typically dark and undisturbed. Use both your eyes and your nose to detect signs of mold and mildew in the home. Watch closely for leaks, runoff, or signs of water damage during heavy rains or snowmelt. To the extent that water is able to enter your home from the outside, your mold risk goes up.
Control your humidity and ventilation
Dehumidifying and ventilating your air—whether you use tabletop devices or professionally installed appliances—is a critical step toward preventing mold. Mold thrives on dank, humid, stale air. When your air is constantly dehumidified and exchanged, mold has a much harder time grabbing hold. Staying on top of your humidity levels, and regularly exchanging your air with ventilators, fans and/or open windows, is an important measure.
Waterproof your basement
It may not be cheap, but waterproofing your basement can significantly decrease your mold risk during those wet, warm springtime months. If you’re serious about preventing mold over the long term, and if your home is in a location that’s particularly susceptible to mold invasion, you might consider investing in professional basement waterproofing. Special building materials are used to fortify your basement’s walls and flooring to prevent water and moisture from entering.
Call a mold prevention specialist
Most reputable mold prevention specialists also offer mold remediation, inspection, and testing services. That means you’ll get the whole picture, whether you currently have a mold problem or are simply interested in how you can prevent mold in the future. People are often surprised at how affordable it is to bring a professional into the home and assess the situation. However, it’s important to make sure you find a qualified, reputable specialist.
Good luck staying mold-free this spring! Please leave feedback below.