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3 Reasons You May Find Mold in Your House After It Rains

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Problems In Your Home

Molds, including black mold, need food and moisture to survive. The moisture from rainfall can sometimes lead to mold problems in your home for the following three reasons.

1. Wet Items in the Home
A bit of light rain usually will not lead to a moisture problem in your home, but if the rain has been heavy or it has been raining for an extended period, wet items in the home can become a problem. To avoid this, dry wet clothing, umbrellas, outerwear and shoes in a well-ventilated area. If your furniture or carpets are wet, make sure to dry those also. Don't forget other items that may be wet, such as the towels you used to dry your pets or floor mats used to clean muddy shoes.

2. Lack of Ventilation
When the weather gets bad, most people keep their doors and windows closed. This lack of ventilation can lead to black mold growth. Once the rain stops, open up the windows and doors and run some fans to increase air circulation. Alternatively, you can run your HVAC system, provided it doesn't also have a moisture problem.

3. Leaks in the Roof
Even a small amount of rain can become a problem if your roof leaks. Contact a roofer in Sanibel, FL, to inspect your roof at least once per year. Repair small problems, such as cracked or missing shingles, before they can become larger problems.

Look for any signs of wet spots or leaks whenever you have had a weather event. If you notice any signs of mold, contact a mold remediation company to do mold cleanup before it can spread.

Heavy or long-lasting rain can create conditions that are favorable to black mold growth in your home. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the chance that rainy weather will lead to a mold problem.

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