If you’re selling property in Smyrna, the last thing you need is for a mold problem to present itself before the house goes on the market. Mold remediation can be a big, expensive project, so your best option is to prevent mold from developing in the first place. Here are some tips to do just that.
Moisture Is the Enemy
High-humidity areas are where you’re most likely to develop a mold problem. That means that bathrooms, kitchens, and basements deserve the lion’s share of your attention toward preventing a mold problem. Some problems can be prevented by maintenance, but others might require a professional to fix. Here are some ways you can prevent mold yourself, before you have to call in the pros to get rid of the problem.
Check for Leaks
You should regularly check for leaky pipes and drains. Remember that not all leaks are obvious, so look for water damage, in addition to looking for actively-leaking pipes. Check near the walls, where the pipes enter the room, and pay particular attention to faucets.
Dripping faucets have to be fixed immediately. Don’t let these go, as it’s likely that a dripping faucet is leaking in places where you cannot see, in addition to the visible problem. Be sure to check underneath sinks. Check cabinets for signs of water damage—swelling, staining—and check the underside of sinks to see if water is running down the bottom of the basin.
Vent Humidity When Possible
Opening windows is the best way to vent excess moisture out of the house. You can also use a dehumidifier, which will be particularly useful in areas such as basements, where generating airflow out of the house can be tough. If you’re not sure whether or not your indoor humidity is too high, you can pick up inexpensive, digital humidity monitors and station them in the house. Generally speaking, anything between 30 and 50 percent humidity is normal, but anything above that is getting a bit high and does merit a dehumidifier or an open window. In a pinch, a fan can help, as well.
Don’t Create New Problems
When you shower, wash dishes, or taken on other tasks that generate a lot of humidity, make sure you let the area dry out. Open up bathroom doors and windows and don’t leave damp towels lying around. Clean out your shower daily and make sure you wipe up any excess moisture.
These simple measures can go a long way toward preventing mold problems. If you have other questions, ask your Realtor.