An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That adage couldn’t be truer when it comes to preventing mold inside your home. Awareness of potential sources of moisture can be a first line of defense against the development of mold. Take heed of these five moisture trouble zones that could create a breeding ground for mold in your home.
It’s probably no surprise that about 40 percent of moisture in a home can originate in the basement, and they are notorious for being damp and musty. This can be caused by groundwater that presses against the walls of your foundation and forces its way in through cracks. Groundwater can also penetrate the edge of your foundation.
Soil Around Your Foundation
Make sure that the soil around your home slopes away from the foundation.
Exterior and Foundation Walls
When it comes to the exterior walls of your home watch out for deteriorated siding, brick/stone mortar damage, rotted window stills, and rotted window and door trim. On the walls of your foundation beware of holes, fragmenting and chipping mortar joints, masonry surfaces that are deteriorating, collapsing window wells, and rotted door sills.
Have the surface of your roof checked to make sure that aging materials have not created breaches for water intrusion. The variety of roofing materials on the market range widely in their durability—from the most common asphalt shingle, to terra cotta tile, wood shakes/shingles, slate, and concrete tiles. Synthetic materials like rubber, plastic, and polymers are also available and they replicate the look, color, and texture of natural materials like wood and slate.
Also check your roof for wet or rotting sheathing, eaves, soffits and rafters.
Periodically check your gutters to make sure they’re clean and free of debris in order to keep water from backing up and possibly leaking into your house (gutter guards are a good investment). Take time to ensure that your downspouts are also clear to maintain proper drainage.
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