Keep Mold From Forming in Your Home
If you have any kind of water leakage or water damage in your home, it’s very common to develop a mold problem as well. We see it all the time. However, mold remediation is usually not covered in a homeowners insurance policy. Here are 15 tips from SERVPRO of Ames for preventing the development of mold in your home:
- Add mold inhibitors to paint before painting areas likely to have mold, such as bathrooms, kitchens or basements.
- Use mold-killing cleaning products when cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, two areas with a lot of moisture.
- Don’t lay carpet in basements or other areas that have a lot of moisture.
- Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation to prevent water from entering your home or collecting around it.
- Remove or replace wet carpets that cannot dry properly.
- Keep the humidity in your home between 40 and 60 percent. (You can buy a fairly inexpensive humidity meter from your local hardware or home repair store.)
- Cover cold surfaces, such as water pipes, with insulation to keep condensation and mold from forming.
- Use air conditioners, dehumidifiers and fans can help to remove excess moisture and condensation in your home.
- Check under indoor plants to make sure water is not accumulating beneath the pots.
- Clean your roof and roof gutters frequently and repair them immediately if you notice leaking or damage.
- Clean the drip pan below your air conditioning unit regularly and check that all of your drain lines are flowing properly.
- Leave air conditioning on when you leave your home unattended to keep airflow moving.
- If your basement or any other part of your home floods, thoroughly clean and dry everything and call SERVPRO of Ames to check for mold growth.
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as dryers or stoves, outdoors.
- When you shower, cook, or run the dishwasher or clothes dryer, use an exhaust fan or open a window to let excess moisture escape.
Keep in mind that condensation can be a sign of excess humidity, which can cause growth. If you do suspect mold, don’t try and clean it yourself. Call SERVPRO of Ames (515) 233-4544, and we’ll come out right away to determine if it is mold and what needs to be done if it is - at no charge for the initial evaluation.