Ahh... it is so refreshing to open the windows in April and let that fresh spring air in. Picture yourself a month from now, cleaning the dust bunnies off the window sills, letting the breeze that comes after a spring rain thaw your cold, resentful heart that only an Ohio winter could foster. If you are a Wooster resident like me, April is the month where we clean out our garages and sharpen the blades on our lawn mowers. We do this with great anticipation for the perfect Ohio summer we were dreaming of in January; and we seem to forget the reality that it will be so ridiculously humid and hot that it will make us curse at the scorching sun.
With the dampness of spring and the humidity of summer, your home becomes an excellent environment for mold growth. There are a few steps you can take to prevent mold from taking over your home and ruining your summer.
If you have a basement that tends to get damp in the spring, plug in a dehumidifier and pull that moisture out of the air. It is also very important to keep your carpets vacuumed; mold is a fungus and can use the dirt in your carpet as nutrients to grow. The best way to keep your carpets and air clean is to get a sweeper that has a HEPA filter in it. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate absorption, basically the filter can pick up particles small enough that it can capture mold spores in the air so they don’t spread all over the house. If you happen to notice a small spot of mold, sweep it up with the vacuum that has a HEPA filter and grab the hydrogen peroxide from the medicine cabinet, wet down a sponge and scrub it down. A common misconception is that bleach can kill mold, but all it really does is discolor it. When you have a large area of mold, it is better to contact a professional cleaning service, there are several here in Wooster. They will come out and assess the situation and clean up the mold without spreading it all over your house.
Finally, it would be a good idea to ask your insurance agent what coverage you have under your homeowner’s policy for mold, find out what the conditions are. Also, make sure that you have coverage for water back up of sewers and drains to cover your property and cleanup costs in case water back up were to occur. Most severe mold cases happen when people try to clean up water damage on their own because they don’t have the proper insurance coverage to pay for the costs.
If you take the steps to prevent mold growth in your home and know that you are properly covered by your insurance, you won’t have to worry about mold this spring and summer.