If you own a vacation home in Florida, then you are undoubtedly tasked with everything from repairs and maintenance to keeping your lawn and pool in shape. Some things that few home owners stop to consider are whether their houses could be infected by mold. And yes, it is more common than you think!
While some people are not particularly sensitive to mold, those with asthma and allergies can see their health deteriorate if they are in an environment that has been infected with mold. Musty smells and watermarks are usually signs of mold, in which case you might have to hire a professional to remove it. Here are some tips to prevent mold from growing in your house in the first place:
Keep Things Dry
If you kids taking a dip in the pool have and leaving wet towels on the floor, make a rule that this is now a thing of the past. Wet towels can easily attract mold. And, in the right conditions, mold can take as little as 48 hours to start growing. Other wet areas such as sinks, showers, baths, and floors are prime places for mold to grow. Install an exhaust fan in your bathrooms to reduce moisture levels and try your best to keep things dry.
Invest in Mold Resistant Building Materials
While you may not want to undergo a renovation project for the sole purpose of preventing mold, consider investing in mold-resistant construction materials such as drywall that has been treated with a mold protection agent if you need to make any alterations to your property. Besides mold resistant drywall, there is also mold resistant gypsum board available on the market.
Get a Roof Inspection
Many times, mold grows in leaky roofs and gutter systems. Hire a roofing contractor to come and inspect your roof so that you can make repairs as, and when necessary.
A home watch service such as that offered by Gardens Home Management Services will ensure you have a watchful pair of eyes on your vacation home all year round. When you contact us for home watch services, we can inspect your home on a regular basis to make sure you do not have to deal with mold removal services when you are on vacation.