The thought of mold silently multiplying under carpets and appliances, in the back of closets, behind basement walls, is enough to give any homeowner nightmares. That’s why we probably prefer to not think about mold at all. But ignoring mold in your home is a serious mistake that can threaten your health and the value of your property.

There is an easier way. That is to give mold a little thought before it invades your residence. With the help of a general contractor, you can reduce the moisture that fuels the growth of mold in your home, and thus lessen the chances of requiring mold removal and remediation services in the future.

Plug Leaks

Mold appears wherever it finds water. The best way to keep mold from taking up permanent residence in your home is to shut off its supply of water. Leaks affecting your plumbing, roof, gutters, windows, basement, and other high risk areas need to be plugged. A general contractor can help you locate the points where water seeps into your home and execute the repairs required to make your house water tight.

Lower Humidity

The next step is to reduce the moisture and humidity in your home. Dehumidifiers and improved ventilation are effective ways to create drier conditions in your home. Preventing condensation through proper insulation is a good idea as well.

Mold Can Be Stopped

Just because mold moves in, doesn’t mean you have to move out. If you already have mold growing in your home, professional mold removal and mold remediation services can restore your residence to a mold-free state, while a general contractor will repair the water-damaged areas that were the initial source of the mold. Once the mold is gone, you can take the steps to seal off leaks and reduce humidity that will help prevent it from ever returning.