Keeping mold from thriving in your home is never a one-and-done deal. Ongoing efforts are necessary to prevent the detrimental fungi from multiplying and causing various problems, such as allergic reactions and structural damage. To help you enjoy a healthier home, review steps your mold removal team in Los Angeles wants you to take every month. 

Perform a “Smell Test”

When mold and mildew are present, musty odors result. Also described as “earthy,” these odors are among the first signs of a mold problem. If the issue is not taken care of immediately, the odors will worsen and you will likely experience related allergic reactions, such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, sinus congestion, and eye watering. To avoid these and other problems, make a habit of walking around your entire home at least once a month for “smell test” purposes. If you notice musty or earthy odors anywhere in your residence, such as in storage closets, your basement or attic, or the guest bathroom, contact your Los Angeles mold inspectors as soon as possible. They will identify the source of the infestation and the extent of the problem before creating a mold remediation plan. 

Check the Gutters

Clean gutters are paramount to mold prevention. If your gutters become clogged with leaves, twigs, animal nests, and other debris, rainwater can back up under shingles instead of draining away from your home. Water enters your roofing system as a result, which promotes wood rot and mold growth. Rather than facing a serious mold infestation that affects your roof’s structural stability, clean your gutters at least twice a year and check them every month or every other month. Depending on how many trees surround your home, you might want to invest in gutter guards. These perforated metal guards keep large pieces of debris from clogging your gutters. 

Look Under Sinks

The areas under household sinks can go uninspected for months, depending on what they contain. For example, those in guest bathrooms might remain unused for lengthy periods, which allows a leak to create serious mold problems. Checking under all of your home’s sinks on a monthly basis helps you stay ahead of leaks. Should you notice moisture and leaking pipes at any time, contact your local plumber to prevent mold growth. If mold has already flourished and the infestation is over 10 square feet, schedule removal services. 

For mold inspection and removal services in Orange County, please contact Mold Masters today. 

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