The best way to handle water and mold damage is to prevent it before it occurs. While there are extreme and often unavoidable scenarios that require flood control and water damage restoration, usually, the worst you have to deal with is mold remediation as a result of not knowing the origin of water damage. Here are a few tips to help prevent this.
Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the starting points for water damage. After all, these are more often than not, the only rooms in a home where water is frequently used. A crack in the tile, a leak under the sink or even poor ventilation can be the foundation of even bigger problems. So, check tubs and shower stalls for cracks, inspect the pipes under all sinks in the house, ventilate the house by installing a fan or leaving the window open and inspect tiled areas for cracks and damage. Also, keep an eye for discoloration or dark stains on kitchen and bathroom floors, walls, and other surfaces are these are usually signs of mold growth.
If you notice any cracks or degradation, you should re-caulk and avoid leaks. Pay close attention to the tubs, sinks, toilets, and showers during your inspection. Also, remember to check the shower curtain or door for mold signs.
Spas and pool regions are usually damp, and so, cleanliness and proper ventilation in these areas are imperative. Research shows that cedar tubs are particularly better at resting mold, and so, you may want to consider having them installed. Clean these areas regularly using an anti-bacterial agent and dry thoroughly. You may also want to invest in a spa or pool dehumidifier. Ideally, regularly check the integrity of water seals and any plumbing connected to the hot tub to ensure there’s no leakage.
Certain rooms such as the attic and basement are usually more susceptible to unnoticed water damage. As such, you may want to inspect them regularly. You don’t have to know the plumbing schematics for your house, but pipes may run in unexpected places. As mentioned earlier, wall discoloration is usually an indication of leakage, and if unattended, you may have to deal with a more serious case of water damage and mold growth.
Lastly, prevent severe water damage by keeping an eye on water pressure. A drop in water pressure is usually an indication of a leak in your plumbing system.