As you prepare to move into the home you recently purchased, you’ll naturally want to clean it thoroughly. It is also a good idea to keep mold prevention tactics in mind. The detrimental fungi not only triggers allergic reactions such as coughing, sneezing, eye watering, and wheezing, it can also cause bigger health problems, such as lung infections. Additionally, mold breaks down organic materials, including wooden beams in homes, which can result in structural stability issues. Review what your Los Angeles mold inspectors suggest to maintain a mold-free new residence.
Check the Ventilation Systems
Your new house should have functional ventilation systems that vent damp air outdoors, not to other spaces in the home. Have your ventilation systems checked and consider upgrading them as needed to keep moisture-rich air from building up in your house. Dampness is one of the keys to mold growth, as most strains thrive in dark, damp-to-wet conditions.
Depending on the humidity level in your region, investing in quality dehumidifiers is a good idea. You’ll likely need one in your basement, if applicable, since the subterranean space is surrounded by soil and therefore naturally damp. Check how much square footage each potential dehumidifier covers to select the right one(s) for your residence.
Inspect For Leaks About Once a Month
Making a habit of checking for leaks once a month helps you stay ahead of mold and other water damage, such as wood rot. Inspect the pipes under all sinks, look for water around the base of the toilet(s), and be aware of “hidden” leak signs, such as brownish stains on the walls and ceilings.
Clean the Gutters at Least Twice a Year
When gutters become clogged with leaves, twigs, animal nests, and other organic debris, rainwater cannot flow off the roof and away from the home efficiently. Water backs up under roof shingles or pools around the home’s foundation. These problems contribute to mold growth in roofs and basements, respectively. Clean your gutters twice a year or more often in light of surrounding trees to maintain a dry roof and basement.
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