Controlling mold contamination is accomplished by controlling moisture issues. Mold needs water in order to begin and continue through the growth cycle. If chronic moisture problems exist, or if building materials are wet for more than 72 hours, then mold growth, in some quantity, will probably exist. A monthly walk-through of the home, visually inspecting those areas associated with moisture, is your best defense. A monthly evaluation will insure you have an opportunity to identify moisture issues before they become expensive clean-ups. To follow are some things you can do to be proactive and identify potential problems.
- Operate all faucets and inspect sinks, drains, shut-off valves and cabinet floors for signs of leaking or corrosion build-up
- Inspect ceilings for dark stains indicating a roof leak
- Evaluate all exterior walls for signs of dark stains
- Check the hot water heater for rusting/corrosion build-up
- Look for signs of leaks at the dishwasher
- Repair any toilets that are not functioning properly. A toilet with a stuck float has the potential of flooding an entire home
- If the toilet moves easily or rocks, then it may lose its seal to the drain line and leak contaminated water into the home
- Check baths and showers for loose tile or open grout joints
- Properly caulk all bath and shower enclosures
- Inspect the roof for missing or broken roofing materials
- Insure the ground slope is graded away from the home
- Adjust any sprinklers that are contacting the structure
- Move vegetation at least twelve inches away from the home
- Seal any holes or separated cracks in the exterior walls
- Adjust sprinklers to water less as the temperature drops
Make an evaluation of these items as part of your regular maintenance schedule. Repair those items which are discovered, and you will help eliminate most of the risk of mold contamination. Ignoring even simple water issues can easily cost thousands of dollars to clean up and may even create an unhealthy environment for your family.
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