If you have been dealing with mold growth in your home for some time, hiring a residential mold remediation team is the best way to get rid of it quickly. You'll enjoy being able to breathe easy and live in your home without itching and nausea. But if you want the effects of mold removal to last, don't just sit idly by. Here are a few steps you should take to prevent the mold from coming back.
Adjust Your Gutters
If water is coming into your basement, it's likely because your gutters are not doing an adequate job of directing it away from your home's foundation. Check your gutters to make sure they are not clogged. Also, consider putting extenders on your downspouts so that they empty a few feet away from your home rather than right next to it. If your gutters are leaking or the downspouts are bent, it's worth investing in new gutters to prevent additional water damage.
Check Your Plumbing
Look over any exposed pipes in your basement. If you spot any drops of water on them, then call a plumber to have the leak fixed. Also call a plumber if you notice any condensation on your pipes. This is a common occurrence on hot water pipes in cold basements. Placing foam insulation around the pipes will prevent condensation from appearing and contributing to mold growth.
While you're at it, take a look at your hot water tank. If one of its valves are leaking or there are drops of water coming out of the bottom of the tank, it's probably time for a new hot water heater.
Install a Dehumidifier
Many basements are simply moist due to minor foundation deterioration over time. The best way to keep this general moisture from promoting mold growth is to plug in a portable dehumidifier. Run a hose from the dehumidifier to a floor drain or a laundry sink so that you don't have to keep emptying the dehumidifier every day.
Check Your Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump in your basement, check it to make sure it's working. Dump a bucket of water into a pit, and make sure the pump kicks on to empty it. If the sump pump does not work, too much water will accumulate in the basement, which will encourage mold growth.
Getting rid of mold is just the beginning; you then need to take action to keep it away. Keep your home dry, and the mold won't reappear — that's the secret.