Mold Thrives with Moisture
In order to grow and thrive, mold needs moisture. This creates a problem for homeowners that don’t want to share their space with mold. The trick, is getting ahead of mold.
That means knowing where to look and then learning how to prevent the growth of mold in those areas.
The top three sources that can attain water damage, and thus a mold problem are :
- Washing Machine Hoses
- Shower Tile Grout
- Water Heaters
How to Avoid These Mold Invitations
One of the most important things to do in order to avoid mold growth in any of these areas, is to maintain a regular “check-up system” in your home.
Ignorance can lead to bigger problems, so be sure to know if there is a chance of mold growth.
Washing Machine Hoses
According to Vicki Lankarge, author of What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Mold (And What to Do About It), washing machine valves should be turned off after each use to prevent bursting and leakage.
Shower Tile Grout
It is very important to make sure tile grout is applied properly, especially in showers or other water present areas. If the grout you already have is not up to par, replacement could be your best option.
To do this :
- Remove old grout with a grout saw
- Clean the surface of the tiles
- Mix grout according to the instructions on the package
- Apply grout to the surface with a grout float, spreading in a diagonal direction
- Allow the grout to sit for 10 minutes or according to directions
- Wipe the surface of the tile with a damp sponge to remove any excess grout
- Allow to dry for another 10 minutes until you see a white haze, wipe this haze with the sponge
When dealing with water heaters, it is important to know how much water is in your heater. Every 6 months, it would be wise to completely drain your water heater.
- Turn off the electricity or gas supply
- Attach a hose to the drain valve at the base of the heater, and the other end to a drainage bucket
- Allow the water to drain until it becomes clear
- Close the drain valve and and open the cold water valve to refill the tank
- Restore electricity or gas
Remember to check each of these items in your home as well as other water related appliances. Regular maintenance is the key ingredient to keeping your home safe and free of mold.
Further Recommended Reading :
Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team
Information Source : What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold (And What to Do About It)
by Vicki Lankarge Pages 39-43.