We recently discussed on this blog some ways to deal with mold and mildew in your home. Of course, the best defense is a good offense, which means preventing it from growing in the first place. Here are some tips for stopping mold and mildew before it starts.
- Be proactive: As soon as you notice a plumbing leak or early signs of mildew growth, take immediate and aggressive action to fix the problem. Playing the waiting game is never a winning strategy where mold is concerned. Remember, it isn't just an inconvenience. Mold can cause serious health problems and significantly reduce your property values.
- Decrease moisture levels: Mold and mildew can't grow without moisture, so try to reduce the amount of dampness in your home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends increasing ventilation and air movement, using appliances with built-in vents, fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. One of the simplest and most effective ways to decrease moisture levels is simply to open a window after you shower or cook.
- Focus your efforts: Mold and mildew will most often occur in areas that see more moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Regularly check such rooms for early signs of growth so that you can get rid of it immediately. It's also a good idea to install exhaust fans to improve ventilation.
If you have any reason to believe that you may have the beginnings of a mold or mildew problem, you might want to schedule a home inspection. If you live in Virginia or the Washington, D.C., area and would like to learn more, contact industry-leader Alban Inspections today. We can provide you with a quality home inspection along with peace of mind!