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Expert Strategies To Prevent Water/Mold

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Roof Deck After Untreated Water Damage

Prevent Mold and Water from Damaging Your Home With These Expert Strategies

Both water damage (and resulting mold damage) can cost individual homeowners thousands of dollars per occurrence. While accidents certainly can (and do) happen, many instances of water and mold damage are completely preventable. Taking a proactive approach to home care is one of the best ways to ensure that you do not have to shell out hundreds or even thousands of dollars in emergency expenses.

Learn how to effortlessly prevent mold and water damage in your home from the expert team at SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County

Shop for the best home insurance

Having good home insurance is a necessity to protect yourself from the financial damage that can accompany major home repairs. There are many different methods of finding good home insurance in Florida, but the best way to do it is to shop around and compare rates. There are lots of companies that offer home insurance in Florida, so it is important to find one that offers the coverage that you need at a price that you can afford. It’s also wise to talk to your friends and family members who live in Florida to see if they have any recommendations for you.

Perform routine checks of select appliances and fixtures

Contrary to what some believe, mold more frequently develops as a result of a slow, unnoticed leak (rather than from a massive water incident). You could easily go months (or even years) without seeing a small, yet persistent water leak in any area of your home. The more time that goes by, the worse the damage will ultimately be.

Avoid a hefty mold remediation bill by making it a point to routinely check appliances and fixtures that can leak. Regularly examine items such as your water heater (be on the lookout for any corrosion), all sinks and toilets, water supply valves, your dishwasher, and your refrigerator. If you notice a minor leak, contact someone to repair it as soon as possible. 

Don’t forget to maintain your home’s exterior

When thinking about avoiding water and mold damage inside of your home, you may forget to consider preventative methods that should be taken outdoors. Your home’s exterior is extremely important when it comes to being proactive about preventing mold and water damage. The smallest opening can cause moisture to build up rapidly (from both humidity and rain).

First and foremost, have your roof inspected regularly for leaks. If your roof is missing shingles or has any size opening, you are at risk for serious water and mold damage. In the event you do find damage, have your attic inspected for mold. Also, be sure to routinely clean your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool and spill into unwanted places. Search “residential gutter cleaning near me” to find trustworthy providers in your area. You can read reviews and testimonials before deciding on the best provider for you.

Turn on your bathroom’s fan when taking a bath or shower

Among all of the suggestions provided, one of the easiest is to turn on your bathroom fan when taking a shower or a bath. With the flip of a switch, you can save yourself thousands. While this prevention method is incredibly easy, some individuals are not in the habit of using their fan, since no mirror fogging occurs. Just because your mirrors do not fog up does not mean that you shouldn’t utilize your fan. The heat and moisture rising from any bath or shower can cause mold to grow, especially on hard-to-reach ceilings.

Don’t have a fan in one (or more) of the bathrooms in your home? Over time, the installation of a bathroom fan can actually be less costly than mold remediation.

Prevent toilet overflows

No one likes dealing with an overflowing toilet. But, if your toilet regularly overflows, now is the time to take steps to prevent future problems. Water from an overflow can get underneath your flooring, which can result in expensive damage.

While these tips are certainly effective in preventing mold and water damage, accidents happen. Don’t wait to fix water and mold issues until the problem has gotten out of control. Instead, hire our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County to handle the job. We make it a priority to take care of the existing damages with the utmost care and attention to detail. 

Emily Graham | emily@mightymoms.net

Mighty Moms

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