Prevent Mold Growth after a Winter Storm

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Prevent Mold Growth after a Winter Storm

Homeowners need to be aware of mold growth after a winter storm. Winter storms can be quite detrimental to your home with harsh conditions such as snow, ice and freezing temperatures. After a storm you need to check your home for damage to prevent mold from spreading into your home. The damage can often go unnoticed until the spring thaw, however by then it may be too late and water may have infiltrated into the walls of your basement, attic or other areas of your home. In conclusion, it is imperative to give your home a thorough check after a winter storm. Here is a checklist to assess key parts of your home. (Please contact a professional if you have any further questions or concerns regarding mold or a water issue.)

ROOF CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Check for any loose or missing shingles. They need to be replaced or repaired if there are.
 ü  Inspect for leaks around chimneys, plumbing and attic vents as well as skylights.
 ü  Remove any tree limbs that are near the roof that could potentially break and fall through your roof.
 ü  Examine the attic and crawl space to make sure you have no leaks that could damage the ceilings.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Check to ensure the gutters and downspouts are securely and properly attached to your home.
 ü  Make sure your downspouts are cleared out of leaves, branches and any other debris so that they can flow freely.
 ü  Extend downspouts away from your home’s foundation.
 ü  Consider getting a sump pump if you have standing water around your foundation or your crawl space. If you have a sump pump make sure that it is working properly.

SIDING, WINDOWS & DOORS CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Look over your siding to make sure nothing has come loose or is damaged.
 ü  Make sure your seals are tight on doors and windows. Check the outside caulking for any damage or leakage.
 ü  Wipe up any window condensation on inside windows, especially metal windows.
 ü  Consider replacing metal windows and other exterior door edges with vinyl to avoid air and water leakage.

BASEMENT AND CRAWLSPACE CHECKLIST FOR MOLD

 ü  Check for water seepage and make sure walls and floors are dry in the basement, especially in cracks or joints where the wall and floor meet.
 ü  Make sure there is no standing water in the crawl space.
 ü  Purchase a dehumidifier (Ask about the Santa Fe Classic) to remove moisture from your basement.

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