Rain, rain, and you guessed it, more rain.
We have had a lot of heavy rain over the past few weeks in the Raleigh area, and it doesn’t look like we’ve seen the last of it. On top of that, the humidity has settled in giving us that signature hot, sticky summer air we know all to well. These conditions aren’t just uncomfortable, they’re also prime for nurturing mold in poorly ventilated areas around your home, and accelerating water damage from poor drainage.
These quick tips can be helpful to homeowners and realtors alike with locating and taking care of potential mold problems. It is important to not overlook these common ways that mold can take an affect on a home because even a small amount of mold can turn a home into a place that no one would want to live in.
Here are a few suggestions and tips for inspecting your home during and after heavy rainfalls to see if your home is at risk for mold and water damage:
1) Check Your Crawlspace
Crawlspaces can be a major source for mold development. Once the rain stops, grab a flashlight and take a peek into the crawlspace to check if water is settled anywhere. If you don’t spot ponding water, you still might not be off the hook. If you notice any moisture on your foundation, that too can lead to mold growth.
If you see moisture under your home, your best best is to for further examination.
2) Check the Drainage Around Your Foundation
Rain runoff should drain away from your home. If there is standing water near your home’s foundation after a heavy rainfall, especially if it lingers for several days, it could result in major, expensive issues down the road. Persistent drainage issues and ponding water could lead to condensation in your crawlspace or basement, and where there is moisture, mold can develop.
3) Check Your Attic, Roof, Soffit, and Gutters
With heavy rain, a leaky roof can be an attractive spot for mold growth. A couple of ways that you can prevent this is to do the following:
- Look in your attic for signs of moisture or water damage. Look especially in corner and around vents.
- Check to make sure your gutters are clean and free of debris. Gutters can back up and cause water damage around the roof and lead to ponding around the foundation.
- Check the roof for missing or discolored shingles, soft spots, and any other visible damage.
- Check the soffit for signs of water damage, rot, and mold.
If there is water damage up high, it means mold may be nigh. If you find any signs of water damage or leakage in and around your attic or roof, immediately.
4) Check Your Indoor Moisture/Humidity
When your HVAC system is not running, your home is not being dehumidified correctly and moisture collects in areas prone to it: bathrooms, kitchens, basements, etc.
Check those moisture prone areas in your home for signs of excess, and run your air conditioning some while it is still mild. If you see signs of mold development, immediately.