As the weather starts to warm up and homeowners begin thinking about what projects to tackle to welcome Spring, consider giving your home a mold inspection to identify and prevent any future mold-related problems. Conducting an inspection in the following areas of your home will help your house operate more efficiently and increase its curb appeal:
- Water heater: Look for any evidence of leaks around the base of your water heater– water on the floor, discoloration of the floor and/or wall around the water heater, mold on the floor and/or wall around the water heater. Moisture from a water heater leak can damage your floor and it can also lead to mold growth. Mold from a leaking hot water heater can do further damage to your flooring and can also cause numerous health problems, including allergic reactions and respiratory disorders. If you notice mold around your water heater, it is important to have it removed as soon as possible. If water leakage or rust is found, the water heater should be replaced. Typically, the average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years. For a water heater that is over 5 years old, it should be checked monthly for any leakage or rusting at the bottom.
- Basement and attic: Does your basement or attic smell musty? That may be a sign of mold. Some of the most common causes of household mold are leaking basement walls and broken pipes. Mold spreads when the pores are not contained. If mold is not contained, it can spread rapidly. Check the basement walls, floor, and trim for water stains or any signs of moisture seepage through the foundation. If you have an attic, check it for leaks from the roof. Inspect the underside of the roof and the insulation closely for any discoloration, deterioration, or dirt stains, as the leaking water might have dried up.
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