The 5 Words Every Homeowner Dreads to Hear

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You Have a Mold Problem

 

Mold in your home can cause a range of health issues, from stuffy noses to severe, chronic lung ailments. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest there is a link between mold exposure and asthma in young children.

What causes mold? Plain and simple: Moisture. If left untreated, spores will grow and may even lead to black mold, which requires professional remediation to eliminate. If you find mold, clean it up immediately and remove the moisture source.

Here are twenty tips you can use to check for, clean up and prevent mold so you never hear the chilling five words at the top.

 

Overall

  1. Check for plumbing and roof leaks. If you find any, fix them right away.
  2. If you see condensation on windows, walls or pipes, dry the surface right away and eliminate the moisture source. In the summer, insulate cold pipes to prevent condensation.
  3. Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  4. Make sure the ground next to your foundation, slopes away from it, preventing water to gather after a rainstorm.
  5. If you find mold on hard surfaces, wash it with detergent and water. Dry completely.
  6. Mold on ceiling tiles and carpeting, will require them to be thrown away.
  7. Install a fresh-air skylight. When open, these solar paneled skylights can allow excess moisture out of the room.
  8. If outdoor humidity levels are low, open doors and windows to increase ventilation. As needed, turn on your fans.
  9. Run your air conditioner and dehumidifier during humid months. Invest in a moisture meter and keep humidity levels below 60 percent.
  10. If repainting a room, add mold inhibitors to the paint before applying. Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces.
  11. Make sure your clothes dryer and stove are vented to the outside.
  12. Don’t store linens, books or furniture in your basement or attic.

 

Bathroom

  1. Every time the shower is run, open a window and/or run the exhaust fan. After showering, open the bathroom door to allow moisture out.
  2. Clean it often.
  3. Clean grout with ¾ cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water. Let it sit for a few minutes after applying it. Scrub and rinse.
  4. Seal grout lines once a year if your bathroom is tiled.
  5. Wash your shower curtain in the washing machine, on delicate cycle, with two or three towels. Air dry after washing.

 

Kitchen

 

Use the exhaust fan or open windows when cooking and running the dishwasher.

 

Before Listing Your House

If you want total peace of mind before selling your home, hire a professional who will follow the mold sampling protocols and methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association or the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. When your results are returned, ask him or her to interpret the results for you and make useful recommendations to make your home mold-free.

 

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I am happy to recommend reputable, mold remediation agencies that service homes in Hudson Ohio. Please contact me at (330) 608-4647 or gailroyster@howardhanna.com  at your convenience for my list of professionals.

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