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Most people are aware that basements and attics are likely places for household mold to grow. However, mold can show up in any number of other places around your home. Check for mold anywhere that excess moisture may be present, and be sure to manage the sources.
Common sources of excess moisture include:
There are many ways to detect mold, but the most useful are your eyesight and sense of smell. Discoloration of floors or walls or a musty smell are some clues. Look for mold in any of the places where water may have pooled or humidity may be high, including:
To minimize the possibility of mold growth in your home, repair leaks and clean up spills as quickly as possible. Make sure that all appliances, especially the clothes dryer, are vented outside. Install externally-vented exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
To prevent outside water from entering your home, keep rain gutters clean and landscape your yard so that the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation. Use a sump pump or a dehumidifier to keep water from collecting in the basement. Finally, ensure that there is no exchange of air between the attic and roof, which will help to prevent ice dams from forming at the edges of your roof and trapping water.
If you suspect that you have mold in your home, don’t try to fix it alone. Mold spores can easily become airborne and harm you or your family. ServiceMaster of Buncombe County offers mold testing and remediation services for cleaning and repair. Contact our experts today!
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