19 Sep 5 Plumbing Tips for Preventing Mold
In our most recent post regarding tips to reduce indoor allergens, we briefly discussed the effects of excess moisture and mold development in the home. Allergy sufferers are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of mold; however, if it does develop in your home, mold can lead to health issues for the entire family.
Though there is no guaranteed way to prevent mold, we have compiled this list of five tips to significantly reduce the potential of its development.
1) Thoroughly Investigate Your Home for Plumbing Leaks and Water Damage
In a previous post we noted that water damage is responsible for the majority of homeowner’s insurance claims. According to Bryan King of Remtech Environmental in Raleigh, NC, mold can develop within 48 hours of the occurrence of water damage. It is vital to examine areas of your home that are prone to leaks and moisture accumulation. Areas where moisture and water damage are most common include:
- Water lines and pipes under sinks, in basements, and in your home’s crawlspaces
- Flooring and walls near plumbing appliances such as your refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, etc.
- In bathrooms, around the base of toilets, bathtubs, and showers.
- In the attic, especially directly areas of roof damage or missing shingles.
To prevent the development of mold, correct leaks and water damage immediately. If you find signs of old water damage, call a professional to assess the situation and make necessary repairs.
2) Dehumidify Areas of Your Home that Are Susceptible to Excess Moisture
Basements, laundry and utility rooms, and bathrooms are especially prone to accumulating moisture. Single room dehumidifiers are an affordable way to help regulate humidity and reduce the opportunity for the development of mold. Additionally, utilize the bathroom fan while showering.
3) Maintain Proper Airflow Throughout Your Home
One of the roles of your HVAC system is regulating your home’s humidity levels. In order to accomplish this task, your system is designed to maximize airflow throughout your home. Therefore, it is vital to your system’s effectiveness to open all vents, even in seldom used rooms, maintain proper clearance around your outdoor unit, and change your air filters regularly.
4) Examine Your Property for Standing Water
After above average rainfall in autumn and winter, spring has been relatively dry. Nevertheless, your basement and crawlspace are especially susceptible to the development of mold. Basements and crawlspaces often lack adequate airflow and never see the sun. Standing water around your home’s foundation can leak inside and exasperate humidity in your crawlspace or basement.
After rainfall, if you find signs of standing water or residual moisture in your crawlspace, or around the foundation of your home, call a professional plumber immediately.
5) Consider Having Your Crawlspace Sealed and Air Conditioned
Even if your home’s crawlspace is well vented, it is still one of the most susceptible areas for the development of mold. By sealing and conditioning your crawlspace, the likelihood of mold developing is dramatically reduced.
Mold can be dangerous and frightening. If you have signs of excess moisture, water damage, or mold, it is important to call a professional immediately.