April Showers Bring Mold Blooms
After a long Maryland winter, most of us are relieved to finally have the warm weather and light showers of Springtime. However, the warming temperatures and increased moisture are exactly the conditions necessary for basement mold and mildew to thrive. Luckily there are some simple ways you can prevent mold and mildew from ruining your Spring.
Start by inspecting the exterior of your house. Make sure that your roof and gutters are clean of debris that can collect over the fall and winter months. Check your drainage system, making sure your gutters and downspouts are in good condition and have no leaks. Also make sure your downspouts are pointing away from your home. Spring is also a good time to invest in gutter additions that can help divert water away from your home like splash blocks and downspout extensions. Also check the grading of the land by your walls, making sure this area is sloped away from your walls. Overtime water can erode this area leaving your home susceptible to moisture and leaks. These simple things can help prevent the build of moisture in your home.
Next check the interior of your home. Start by looking to see if there is condensation on any of the windows in your home, even a little condensation can be a sign of a big problem. Then check to make sure your woodwork and doors are not swelling. If they are, they will be difficult to open and close. Then check your basement walls and floors for cracks. You can also look for obvious leaking, water spots, and any other visible signs of water damage from both outside and inside your home. Also smell the air in your basement, if the air smells musty that is a sure sign of a problem.
If you notice any of these tell tale signs of mold and mildew, it is time to call an expert before it becomes a big problem for you and your family. The certified experts at AA Action Waterproofing can test your home for mold, offer a variety mold remediation solutions, and can prevent any mold and mildew growth in the future. That way you can sit back and enjoy the Spring weather instead of worrying about its costly damage to your home.