Mold in the home can cause a series of issues including problems with the infrastructure, infestations and adverse health effects.
According to the Skiatook Journal, the national average homeowners spend on eradicating a mold issue is about $1,500.
Keep these tips in mind when bracing for wet weather this summer or any potential flooding that could occur as well.
- Act fast: Engage in some type of response within 24-48 hours for best results. Doing so can help prevent mold from causing irreversible damage to walls, flooring or other surfaces. Responding quickly can also prevent any adverse health effects that could otherwise occur if left untreated.
- Mold-proof your home first: Keep the humidity out of your home. Using a fan or a dehumidifier will help maintain a dry environment, one in which mold cannot grow. In addition to low humidity levels, avoid putting down carpet in areas that are prone to getting wet, such as a bathroom or kitchen.
- Remove anything that can't be cleaned: It might be hard to let go of a favorite bedspread or the carpet you've had for a while, but leaving mold-damaged materials in the house will impact the environment and your health. Err on the side of caution: if it can't be cleaned, it needs to be tossed.
- Search for it: If you or a family member smells a strange odor that wasn't there before and smells musty and old, it could be mold. Mold is able to grow behind walls and inside insulation. If something seems off, it probably is.