At this time of year most homeowners begin the annual tradition of packing away all their patio furniture and getting the outside of the house ready for winter. Most people don’t spend much time checking these areas, but we’ve got a few extra ideas to help you prepare.
EiEiHome spoke to the mold experts at mri-mold.ca and they said, “If you have water intrusion or excess humidity in the home, and do not address the problem in a timely manner, you will have mold.”
85% of mold issues are created from melting snow or significant rain storms. “The fall is the best time to prepare for the extra moisture that comes with the cooler temperatures,” they added. “If left unchecked you could discover a small mold issue that could potentially grow into a larger problem.”
Homeowners should review the condition of the following, suggested by mri-mold experts;
Roof and flashing
Make sure there are no signs of wear and tear in the shingles or joining sections of the roof.
Eavestroughs and downspouts
Check that all are clear of debris and in good working order.
Inspect inside for adequate insulation and any signs of water damage or mold.
Are there any cracks, crumbling mortar or concrete visible anywhere outside the home?
The caulking around windows should provide a leakproof seal to keep moisture out.
Inspect all areas around the outside and make sure that water is running away from your home.
Remove any debris, paying particular attention to external drains that may be clogged.
Shut off valves
For water pipes or hoses, especially those that are exposed to the elements, make sure you shut them off before the temperatures fall below freezing.
Unexpected leaks and burst pipes are a major contributor to the formation of mold. When it comes to roofs, flashing, eavestroughs, attics and foundation issues, now is the time to fix any problem.
“Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that mold problems can be prevented by performing regular maintenance and taking the time to make sure excess moisture is not coming into the home.” say the experts. Make sure your home is well maintained so you aren’t saddled with unwanted water intrusion or growing mold.
Winter is coming. Are you ready?
Editor, Marika Asikainen