"Preventing mold from infesting a house should be every homeowner’s priority."

What To Do When You Find Mold In Your Home

Preventing mold from infesting a house should be every homeowner’s priority. The first thing you need to consider is your health, as exposure to molds can cause allergic reactions, including itchy eyes, itchy skin, and it could aggravate asthmatic symptoms. The musty odors produced by molds will also jeopardize your indoor air quality. 

To protect your home against the effects of molds, you’ll need first to identify the areas in your home affected by molds. The signs you should look for include discolored ceiling boards, slimy patches on the walls, or musty odors. To help you out, here’s what to do when you find mold in your home.

1. Call In The Experts

Once you have determined that you have a mold problem in your home, it’s time to call in the pros. This is especially the case if you have allergic reactions or underlying health problems that can be exacerbated by exposing yourself to molds.

When you have a recurring mold issue, with possibly toxic molds growing in your basement, arctic, bathroom, or under your sinks, mold remediation services might be your only choice.

The best part is that the professionals have the right equipment and vast experience in dealing with such a persistent problem. They’ll also provide you with advice on how to protect your home from mold infestation. 

2. Identify The Causes

Before jumping to any conclusions, you need to find and identify the root sauce of the mold. The problem with molds is that under favorable conditions, molds can grow just about anywhere.

These will be areas exposed to humidity or dampness. Among other known causes of mold in your home include: 

  • Leaking pipes
  • A leaky roof
  • Flooding 
  • Dampness in the HVAC air vents

3. Do It Yourself

If you are an avid DIYer, then you might as well rid your home of the mold problem yourself. However, there are complexities involved with mold removal.

You need to have the right equipment and protective gear. You don’t want to expose yourself to the toxins or be the one spreading mold around your home. You need to be extra cautious and thorough in your work.

4. Does Your Homeowners’ Insurance Cover Mold Damages? 

If yes, then it’s time you contacted your insurer, and pronto. While policies can differ from one insurance provider to another, the only way to be sure of what your home insurance covers is to call them and make inquiries.

There are home insurance companies that will have an all-inclusive policy that covers mold testing and mold removal. Other insurance companies might have the same policies but with some strings attached. However, to be on the safe side, be sure to get in touch with your insurance provider if you have a mold problem. 

As a homeowner, your house is your most prized possession, and the best that you can do is to ensure that your home‘s structural integrity is intact. Your home’s curb appeal is also dependent on the maintenance routines carried out. Mold removal exercises will help to keep your home clean and provide you with a safe living environment.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.
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