The warmer weather has motivated you to start Spring cleaning. Watch out for any mold that may have emerged during winter storms!!

There is something about warm spring days that makes you want to open the windows, shake out the rugs and scrub down the baseboards. And since you are taking the time to make your home spit-spot, it’s important to be aware of any mold that may have taken hold during the winter.

Strong winds, horizontal rain, and freezing temperatures can compound to damage siding, roofs, doors and windows.

Storm damage often goes undetected and unrepaired until warm weather arrives. By then, water from snow, rain or melting ice may have already seeped into basements, attics, and foundations. And while water damage itself can cause a mess, one of the biggest dangers is mold.

Remember, wherever there is moisture, there is the chance for mold to grow.

According to the World Health Organization there are 7 million death linked annual to mold and indoor air pollution.

Inside your house, those spaces can include a damp laundry area, an un-vented bathroom or a closet where wet clothing or boots have been consistently tossed.

One of the worst places mold can grow is inside your walls and beneath flooring that has become wet from water leaks. That is why it is so critical to check for and repair even minor storm damage on the outside of your home before it finds its way into the inside.

Below are a few helpful tips that can keep you mold-free this spring:

• The bathroom, laundry room and kitchen normally have the highest levels of moisture. When you are cleaning these areas use a disinfectant, making sure you give it full time to work. Check for any water leaks or signs of moister that could feed mold.
• Keep indoor humidity low or within recommended guidelines. There are several good home humidifiers on the market to help keep your home safe and dry.
• Always clean and dry up any water spills or leaks as quickly as possible to avoid mold growing.
• Plants are good for adding oxygen as well as reducing Carbon Dioxide levels in to your home.
• After a big storm check attics and basement for water damage or leaks.

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