Mold is a dreaded problem for all homeowners. A mold infestation can happen quickly and silently and cause allergies, flu-like symptoms, and even respiratory issues. Additionally, mold can cause your home to deteriorate prematurely and leave you with costly repairs. If you suspect you have a mold problem in your Atlanta area home, schedule a mold inspection with Phil and the team at ProTech Home and Property Inspections. To avoid mold problems in the future, follow these three tips.
1. Use a Dehumidifier
Mold grows because of excess moisture. It cannot grow in dry areas. Therefore, the best way to avoid a mold infestation is to use any tools you can to fight moisture. Basements, crawlspaces, attics, and bathrooms are all areas with high humidity and condensation, so we recommend using a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air. Another great tool at your disposal is a ventilation fan. Vent fans in the kitchen and bathroom remove warm, moist air every time you shower or cook to help lower the humidity.
2. Watch for Leaks
Another common cause of mold growth comes from unknown plumbing leaks. Small leaks are often overlooked or ignored because they don’t seem like a very big problem. However, even the smallest leak could cost you greatly because of water damage and mold growth. Any strange signs from your plumbing fixtures should be addressed right away by a professional. If you don’t see actual dripping water, look for other signs like water stains on your drywall or discolored areas on the ceiling.
3. Have Your Roof Inspected
Finally, have your roof inspected to check for signs of water damage or leaks. Water could be seeping into your attic every time it rains without you realizing it. so make sure your inspector checks the entire roof as well as the attic for signs of mold. Sometimes patchwork jobs provide temporary fixes for leaky roofs but will need to be replaced eventually so make sure to keep an eye on it.
Don’t risk living with a mold problem in your Atlanta area home. Contact the professionals at ProTech by calling (770) 277-5655 for any questions regarding our mold testing services. You can also conveniently schedule a mold inspection as part of a standard home inspection online today.