Mold spores can be frustrating to homeowners, renters, and investment property buyers. From potential health issues to property damage, mold is often one of the most overlooked pain points for any property. Here is a list of tips and tricks to help reduce exposure and minimize growth inside your home and property. Some are common sense, some are things we all overlook. Whether you’re sensitive to mold spores and want to protect your health, or you simply want to protect your home or investment, check out the list I compiled below!
Avoid outdoor places where mold is likely to be in high concentration. These include shady areas, compost piles, kennels, and piles of leaves, grass, or straw.
Promptly repair and seal leaky pipes and roofs.
Have the yard mowed and raked regularly.
Keep rain gutters clean. Clear leaves and debris from drainage areas around your home and yard.
Store firewood away from the house.
Cleaning your house regularly and properly can help reduce mold.
Clean with a commercial anti mold product. Choose a product containing a mixture of bleach and detergent or make your own anti mold cleaner. Mix 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach and 1 quart of water.
Clean carefully, especially in areas where mold is likely to grow, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
Empty refrigerator drip pans and thoroughly clean them with a commercial anti mold product.
Keep garbage cans and trash compactors clean and free of mildew.
Store things carefully. Don’t store newspaper, clothes, and other items in damp areas because they can become moldy. Store only completely clean and dry clothing and shoes. Even small amounts of grime can stimulate mold growth.
Throw away any moldy foods lurking in your refrigerator and cupboards.
Use a fan in the bathroom to remove damp air. If you don’t have a fan, open a window and consider having a fan installed. In bathrooms without windows, open a door when you’re finished, and consider using a dehumidifier.
Use a dehumidifier to dry out a damp basement, but be sure to empty the water from it and clean it regularly. Water left in dehumidifiers allows mold to grow.
Don’t use humidifiers or vaporizers. Putting extra moisture into the air encourages mold growth. If you choose to use these appliances, follow the manufacturer’s instructions about regular cleaning. Even special humidifiers designed to lessen mold growth require regular and thorough cleaning.
Ventilate closed rooms by opening doors and installing fans.
Avoid sleeping in areas of the house that are below ground level.
Don’t put carpeting directly on concrete or damp floors. The carpet may become moldy.
When painting damp areas, choose mold-inhibiting paints. They can be found at most paint stores.
Remove all carpets and wallpaper with visible mold or mildew.
Don’t over-water plants. A few household plants probably will not cause problems if you’re mold-sensitive, but standing water promotes mold growth.
Keep windows sealed tightly. You may need to replace weather stripping on older windows.
Eliminate dark areas. Most mold needs darkness to grow. In the basement or in closets that tend to be damp, install a light on a timer. Add windows or skylights to dark rooms.
(Editor’s Note: These are merely suggestions and what has worked for others in the past. Results may vary.)
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Across the U.S., severe weather is disrupting daily life. From hurricanes to heavy snow, torrential rains and flooding, cold snaps and other extremes seem to be affecting every corner of our country.
Even if severe weather hasn’t affected you directly, it serves as a reminder that we all need to be prepared should nature take a turn for the worse. The first place to start –put together an emergency kit.
Keep in mind that your emergency kit needs contain enough supplies to maintain you and your family for at least 72 hours without transportation, food, electricity, or water. Customize your kit according to needs and family size but here is a basic list to help you get started building your kit:
One gallon of water or more per day, per person.
Three days’ worth of non-perishable, ready-to-eat food. Remember the can opener!
First aid kit
Cell phone, charger, and backup battery
Flashlight with extra batteries
Personal care items such as toilet paper, soap, moist towelettes, paper towels, toothbrush and toothpaste, hand sanitizer.
Tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches as you may need to turn off utilities.
A few changes of clothes, shoes, and jackets.
Important family documents in a watertight bag (or scan and store in cloud-based storage.)
Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
Large plastic sheets and duct tape in case you need to make an emergency shelter.
Medication, extra eyeglasses, eye solution, etc.
Of course, those are just basic suggestions. There are products such as water purifiers, “space blankets,” pop-up shelters, and other innovations that you may want to consider for your kit.
Remember your pets need a kit too! Here are some ideas for a simple emergency kit for pets:
Medication and documentation for your pet
First aid kit
Non-perishable pet food
Collar and leash
Bottled water and bowl.
Where to Store Your Emergency Kit
The best place to store your kit is in a dark, dry, and cool place. Make sure everything is in an airtight, plastic container and easily accessible. Though a basement may seem like a convenient place, retrieving it in an emergency (or flood!) could make it impossible. You’ll also want to make sure that everyone in the family knows where the kit is located.
Remember to check it every year to ensure everything is still in good repair and the food has not expired.
What about your home and mortgage?
There are federal, state, and private programs that you can use to help repair your home and provide temporary housing if needed. Depending on the disaster, the location, and whether it has been declared a state of emergency, you may qualify for federal aid from FEMA. Private home and disaster insurance (this is separate from the insurance you may have on your mortgage) also provides much-needed assistance during times of disaster.
Your mortgage payments may also qualify for forbearance or partial payment. Call Tara Mortgage Services for more information.
At our office, we don’t just work with loans, we work with people –that’s why we feel it’s important that you prepare for an emergency. And please, forward this information to friends and family!
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