Preventing Mold Growth in the Fall

As we begin to enter these colder months, it is important to make sure that all areas of your home are sealed and not left at risk for leaks.  Basements, attics, or other locations throughout your property can become susceptible to water or moisture build-up that remains damp and ultimately can create odor and mildew formation.

The Dangers of Leaving Mold Untreated

While mold is difficult to spot, once it has been located removing it should be a priority. If left untreated the resulting health impacts and the overall cost of treatments can be a burden and an unneeded result of an overwhelming mold issue. 

Tips to Reduce Mold Growth in the Fall

Here are a few helpful tips to prevent mold growth before you close up for the winter:

Prepare the outside of your home

Turn off the water to outside faucets and drain hoses before storing them. You should also close the fireplace shafts and dampers to avoid any debris coming down the chimney. Finally, make sure your gutters are completely clear and downspouts are angled away from your home to reduce the chance of water leaking into your home, thus reducing the likelihood of mold growth in your attic or in your walls.

Turn off the main water supply

If you have a vacation home on the cape it is important to turn your pipes off before departing for the season. Pipes can easily freeze and burst during the cooler months if they are filled with water and the heat is off. So, turn off the main water supply and open all faucets and drain them of water to reduce the chances of a burst pipe leaking in your home, which can increase the likelihood of mold growth in your home when the weather begins to warm up again!

Clean throughout the house

Remove all trash, clean the towels and linens, vacuum, and scrub every room. It may seem like a lot to clean the whole house before you leave, but those little crumbs in the carpet can attract bugs and a little bit of mildew in the shower can turn out to be a whole lot of mold later. Make sure your towels and linens are completely dry before you store them.

Contact Us For Mold & Germ Remediation Services

If there are signs of mold, calling removal professionals like Mold Doctors is your best possible solution. If you see mold, mold remediation should be applied to ensure that your home or business is free of mold or toxins. Questions? Reach out to us today for a free quote or call us directly at (508) 534–9091. We are proud to serve Yarmouth, Dennis, Barnstable, and the rest of Cape Cod & South Shore Area.

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