Fall is a time for going back to school, football, pumpkin patches and apple orchards. But for many Americans, fall brings allergies and other seasonal discomforts. Mold, a natural growing fungus, is a common allergen that’s caused by water accumulation – whether it’s from a leak, a storm or even your shower. Keeping your home mold-free not only helps protect the physical structure of your home, but it can also relieve some of the allergy symptoms caused by mold. Here are five tips you can use to keep your home mold-free all year round:
- Use a dehumidifier in your basement to deter mold, and clean it regularly.*
- Wash bathroom tiles and shower curtains with mold-killing products.*
- Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and cannot be thoroughly cleaned or dried, including carpets, upholstery, wallpaper and floor and ceiling tiles.**
- Check the exterior of your home regularly for a build up of standing ground water.^
- Fix leaky faucets, pipes and other leaks as soon as you find them.^
Mold prevention is an important part of home maintenance. If you discover mold in your home, prevent further growth by removing the existing mold and fixing the problem that caused the mold. Mold can be a sign of a leak in the roof, walls, or plumbing so you may need to call in professionals to help you fix the issue.
If your mold is caused by a natural disaster, such as hurricanes or flooding, your insurance policy could help offset the cost of cleanup and reimburse you for ruined belongings. Take the time to review your insurance policy with your agent to identify any areas for added or increased coverage. To learn more or to contact an agent, visit: AssuredPartners NL Individual Insurance.