How To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home - Five Star Claims Adjusting

How To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

beware-of-mold-growthWith the potential damage that can be caused by mold, it makes sense that homeowners want to find a way to prevent mold growth from happening. But the truth is, you can’t stop mold. Mold spores exist naturally in the air all around us. Getting rid of it is impossible. What you have to stop is the presence of moisture in your home, which allows mold spores to hang on and mold growth take hold. There are a few simple ways to do this without costing yourself too much money, time or effort.

Be Proactive About Leaky Areas

There may be problem areas in your home that repeatedly flood or allow moisture to gather. These might be the leaky pipes that allow water to drip under your sink, the poorly sealed windows that allow raindrops in, or the corner of your floor that seems to flood each time it rains. Even if the amount of moisture seems small, the constant presence of this moisture can be enough to let mold take hold and start growing. Finding solutions to stop the moisture in these problem areas reduces the possibility of mold growth becoming an issue.

Make Sure Spills Are Properly Dried

If moisture has soaked into one of the textiles in your home, such as your carpet, the naked eye can be deceiving. While the top of the carpet may seem dry, moisture can sink in underneath and allow mold to grow under the surface. The best way to avoid this is to ensure that you properly dry items that have gotten wet, whether through a leak, flood or unrelated issue. Allow these items proper ventilation as you dry them so more moisture will evaporate.

Use Mold Resistant Materials

There are mold resistant building materials that you can choose during the process of building a new home to prevent the possibility of mold growing. These specially treated, mold resistant materials, like drywall, are treated with mold inhibitors, making it nearly impossible for mold spores to grab on.

Check Your Roof on a Regular Basis

One of the easiest ways for moisture to accumulate in the home is through cracks or damage to the structure of the roof, the area most susceptible to precipitation. These leaks have the potential to be extra dangerous, as they can allow mold to take root in the attic area, where you may not be able to see it right away. Performing a regular check of the roof surface to determine where water may be getting in can prevent this from happening.

With the main sources of water leaks taken care of, your home stands a better chance of being unaffected by mold. If you do see mold growing in your home, there is a chance your homeowner’s insurance policy covers the cost of having it removed and having your home restored to its previous condition. Contact an experienced public adjuster at Five Star Claims Adjusting, to help you file your claim and get it approved without delay!