If you think that mold is a problem that only happens when there is a flood, you may want to start checking your home for mold growth that has gone unnoticed. Sometimes, something as simple as condensation on mechanical installations or a small leak can cause serious mold problems that quickly grow out of control. The following tips will help you identify and deal with the mold problems in your home before they grow out of control.
1. Condensation, Crawl Spaces, and HVAC Ducts and Equipment
Condensation is a problem that can happen anywhere there are differences in temperatures and humidity in the air. It is a common problem in crawl spaces that can affect HVAC equipment that is installed here. To prevent these problems, routinely inspect HVAC ductwork for damaged insulation that can cause these problems. In addition, consider improvements to the crawl space to help keep moisture out to prevent water damage and mold problems that go unnoticed and quickly grow out of control.
2. Bathroom Leaks and Moisture
The bathroom is an area of your home where there is a lot of water and moisture, which is why mold problems often start here. You want to keep an eye out for leaks around the seals at the bottom of the toilet and the water line connections in the bathroom. In addition, watch for mildew that can start to grow in the corners of bathrooms where moisture is present. Clean mildew and try to keep the bathroom as dry as possible to keep mold problems from starting here and spreading to other areas of your home.
3. Flashing and Exterior Finishes
The exterior finishes of your home use a combination of materials to keep water out, like flashing and rubber-like seals. Some materials, like synthetic stucco, are vulnerable to damage when there are leaks, and mold growth can quickly start to take over behind the finishes. Therefore, it is important to routinely inspect the exterior finishes and flashing for leaks to ensure moisture problems have not started.
4. Leaking Pipes, Condensation, and Utility Rooms
There are also many areas around your home where pipes that are not insulated or minor leaks lead to moisture problems. The moisture problems with pipes are common in areas like utility rooms where the water heater is installed and on exterior walls where pipes may be under-insulated. Check these areas for signs of moisture and repair damage before mold growth starts; if you notice mildew and mold growth, you may want to call to have your home tested.
These tips will help you identify and deal with mold problems. If you have a problem with mold in your home that has gone unnoticed for months or years, contact a mold removal professional for help.Share
23 December 2019
A few years ago when I bought my first home, I had no idea the problems I would encounter. Soon after moving in, I realized that the bathroom was filled with water problems and that the garage door opener ceased to function. After fixing a few leaks and replacing a motor, things started to work a little better. However, I couldn't get over how difficult it was to spot the issues in the first place. On my website, you will learn how to find issues and repair them, so that you don't have to face the same trouble I did.