Mold loves dark, damp spaces and chances are, you’ve got plenty of
them in your home. So, what’s the big deal? Many people are allergic
to mold, and just about anyone can become ill from exposure. What can
you do to prevent it from growing in the first place? Find out below:
Caulk to Prevent Seepage
Over time, the caulk used along the borders of a shower stall breaks down
and allows moisture to seep into the walls or drip through the cracks
to spaces under the floor.
If you use a tub, water that sloshes out onto the floor accidentally can
roll under poorly sealed baseboards creating a breeding ground between
the boards and the walls.
Additionally, old or poorly-installed caulk around window panes and frames
allows moisture from rain and dampness into walls.
Check the caulk in these areas at the start of each season and replace
old and cracked caulk with fresh beads as needed.
Rely on Professional Services
Homeowners often experience mold problems because they think a tiny drip
isn’t harmful or that D-I-Y options can fix everything. Seals on drains,
pipes, faucets, toilets, radiators and other water-handling systems fail
over time, it’s inevitable.
Other materials can also fail from age and defects. Since only a professional
technician has the training and tools to detect the first signs of a problem,
it’s critical that you schedule a whole-home plumbing inspection and
maintenance appointment at least once a year.
Moisture Removal Systems
Given the amount of moisture the Twin Cities region experiences yearly,
every homeowner should purchase one or more dehumidification systems.
The upfront cost holding you back? Well, you may be a bit more at ease
knowing you can save thousands of dollars in mold remediation services
by installing at least portable dehumidifiers in the bathroom and kitchen
to deal with condensation.
If your home or an area within it feels damp or has a musty smell, you
should also consider permanent solutions, such as a basement floor drain
or sump pump and a whole-home dehumidification system.
For more tips or advice on your current mold situation, contact our expert
Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
team. Since 1914, our professionals have proudly served the Twin Cities
and surrounding areas and we’d be happy to help you, too!