Spring Showers: 5 Ways to Avoid Water and Mold Problems at Home

Moisture in your home can spell big trouble in the form of mold and mildew. A little unventilated steam is all it takes to begin a costly problem that can take weeks or months to correct. Attack the water and mold problems at the source with these five simple tips.

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Repair Dripping Gutters 

If your gutters constantly drip, they may be funneling rainwater into your home through the basement or subfloor. Be sure to clean your gutters once every year and replace gutters that are bent or broken. Remember that most gutters only last around 20 years. Additionally, be sure that you are funneling rainwater away from your home’s foundation by using long downspouts.

Check the Basement after Heavy Rains 

Even if you think all is working well on the outside of your home, you can save yourself from future mold and mildew growth by checking for leaks in your basement after torrential downpours as well as after long bouts of steady rain. If you notice leaking, be sure to clean up all water quickly, using a wet vac and dehumidifiers. Call in professionals for damage to carpets, drywall and furniture. Moreover, make sure that your sump pump works once a year if your house has one.

Increase Home Ventilation

A home needs to be able to breathe to get rid of excessive condensation. Be sure to vent your bathroom during hot showers as well as your kitchen when you see steam in the air. Additionally, vent your stove and clothes dryer to the outdoors. Be aware that while your energy-efficient doors and windows might be saving you money on heating and cooling, they may also be keeping moisture inside. Use exhaust fans when possible and keep inner doors open throughout your home.

Decrease Humidity 

During the rainy season, your home may begin to hold on to more humidity as the temperatures rise. Consider investing in a dehumidifier. Resist the urge to use humidifiers during the spring and summer, and consider cooking less on the stovetop. Keep your home’s humidity between 40 to 50%.

Use Moisture Barriers 

If you are placing flooring over a concrete slab, you must make sure that you have a moisture barrier in place first. Moisture can rise through a subfloor and can create mold issues beneath your flooring. The type of barrier you need depends on your flooring choice. In some instances, you will need a 6-mil poly sheeting while in others, you will need a trowel-applied barrier. Check with a flooring professional for the best option for your house.

Spring and early summer are prime times for constant rains. Whether you are concerned about rainwater getting your home through your gutters or basement or merely want to protect your home from everyday moisture issues from steam and condensation, consider these five ways to keep your home dry and comfortable. By keeping mold out of your home, you are saving money while decreasing the allergens and health irritants in your home.

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