Fly south to your mold-free home
December 13, 2013
by Hollie Hosler
Snowbirds, this is a must-read!
Florida is compiled of students, salespeople, celebrities and … snowbirds. You know, the ones I like to call “transplants” that frequent the northern states in the summer and fly back to the Sunshine State as soon as any frost kisses the top of the morning lawn with its icy cold breath. They are the fortunate ones that get the best of both worlds.
However, leaving any home for a period of time can potentially lead to some risks. Dean Mitchell Restoration provides some tips on steps we all can take to ensure there is no water damage to our homes, especially for those who occupy homes on a seasonal basis.
Upon arrival to your (seasonal) home:
Leave the air conditioner off during your visual inspection. This way you can either spot or smell mold. This can also prevent further spread of any mold.
Be sure to check all areas of the house or condo; focus on the kitchen, bathrooms, closets, utility room, ceilings and walls. If any dampness is seen or felt, the property could be in the beginning stages of a mold problem.
If a water damage problem is apparent:
- Contact your restoration company immediately.
- Work to eliminate any standing water. Use buckets, a wet-vac or any means necessary to remove the water. This could potentially be a breeding ground for microorganisms, and eventually get you sick.
- Dry or remove any soaked carpets, padding and upholstery to prevent future mold growth. If you cannot dry those items, discard them immediately.
- Wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. If water has seeped into rugs or towels, wash them immediately before normal use.
Take the steps necessary to keep your home dry:
- Reduce the level of humidity in your home by using either dehumidifiers, exhaust fans and/or air conditioners throughout your house.
- Clean your home with mold-reducing and -eliminating products.
- Maintain upkeep on your roof and large appliances so that the chance of leaks and water seeping through your home is minimal.