Iowa winters are known for two things: the extreme cold, and the high level of precipitation. This level of water and humidity can lead to a variety of problems, including ice dams on roofs, excessive ice on walkways, and a buildup of moisture in homes that can lead to mold.
Here are just a few ways you can make sure your home starts 2020 off mold-free.
Locate Problem Areas in Your Home
Before you begin to prevent excess moisture and mold buildup in your home, take a tour of your property and analyze areas that you think are most at risk of developing moisture problems. These spots can include cracks in your foundation, poorly ventilated attics and crawl spaces, or areas in the walls where pipes may leak.
Clean up Any Spills Quickly
Cleaning up a leak or spill in a timely manner is important in preventing mold, especially if the spill is in an area with cracks in the floor or baseboards that the liquids can seep through. These spills should be cleaned up within 24-48 hours and any towels used should be properly washed and ventilated.
Properly Ventilate and Humidify Your Home
Iowa goes through some pretty extreme winters and summers, and this can lead to excessive humidity levels in the home at various times in the year. Keep your home’s humidity under control by using a dehumidifier to keep your humidity levels at a low and comfortable level all year round.
Use Water-Permeable Paint During Renovations
Whether they’re adding a touch of color to their favorite space or are doing significant renovations, many homeowners make the mistake of using thick, non-permeable paints that trap moisture and air inside the walls. Avoid this moisture build-up by using paint that lets the water in your walls escape.
Call a Certified Home Inspector
Calling a certified home inspector who has years of recognized service is a great way to keep your home mold-free, as they will know where in your house to search, what hidden areas are most prone to water damage.
Keeping your home mold-free may not seem like a major issue in the winter when water is frozen, but springtime thaws can mean build-ups of snow leaking down through your attic and walls. Give the team at Sherlock Home Inspectors a call today at 712-274-9617 or visit us online to prevent the mold of tomorrow from building up today.