In order to prevent mold problems in your home, you need to make sure you are making an effort to prevent water damage in the first place. A humid, high moisture space can easily and quickly become a breeding ground for troublesome mold. Follow these seven ways to help prevent water damage:
1. Repair old caulking.
Caulking eventually wears out and cracks, leaving space in window casings and doors jambs that is exposed to the elements, as well as spaces for water to intrude around baths bus and sink fixtures. Make sure to check caulking around these spaces for cracks and damage and then repair it.
2. Check your roof
At least twice per year, do a quick visual check of your roof to make sure there are no signs of deterioration. Look for cracked, curling or missing shingles; you can always hire a professional to perform these inspections for you if you are unsure of doing them yourself.
3. Make sure water drains away from your home and thoroughly clean your gutters.
Gutters can get clogged with debris, so its extremely important to make sure that your gutters are cleaned and free of clogs often. If your gutters are clogged, water can accumulate and cause damage.
4. Keep an eye on your water bill.
Any unusual increases should be a red flag for you to look into. A surprise increase in your water bill could possibly indicate a water leak somewhere!
5. Inspect Your Attic.
Most homeowners do not step foot into their attics near enough. This is key to preventing water damage, since you may be able to catch a leak early enough before it causes any serious damage. The problem with water damage in your attic is that it’s the prime environment for mold growth. Water saturates the wood and insulation causing mold to grow and spread – not only causing water damage to your home but now you have a health hazard that you need to deal with. A routine check of your attic is ALWAYS worth your time.
6. Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses
Old, leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Inspect and replace them regularly in order to avoid some serious water damage later.
7. Know where your water main is.
Know how to turn off your water main in an emergency. If you don’t know where the water comes into your house, find out. This is vital in preventing serious water damage. If there is a pipe in your home that begins leaking or bursts, the first thing you should do is shut off the water to prevent water damage.