Florida summers are extremely hot, rainy and packed with humidity — creating the perfect environment for mold growth. But you don't have to let mold take over! You can take the following steps to prevent mold growth in your home.
- Keep a functional and well-maintained air conditioner unit on hand to keep humidity at a minimum.
- Increase air circulation inside by running the air conditioning and ceiling fans. Air circulation helps dry up standing water and keeps the humidity levels in check.
- Inspect doors and windows to make sure they are sealed and there are no cracks or gaps letting moisture in.
- Inspect gutters and downspouts for clogging debris and cracks.
- Run the kitchen bathroom exhaust fans when you cook or take a shower. A fan can assist you to get rid of moisture faster.
- Check for water leaks inside of your home, such as under the kitchen sink, bathroom showers, behind toilets, near the washing machine, and adjacent to the refrigerator waterline and water tanks.
- Add a dehumidifier to assist your air conditioner unit in keeping humidity at the level you desire.
- Inspect, clean or replace your HVAC filters to avoid possible mold spreading.
- Inspect your home regularly for any sign of mold growth.
If you have taken all the necessary precautions and you still come across mold in your home, you should address the issue right away to avoid the mold spreading to your entire home. If it is necessary, you should file a claim with your insurance carrier to cover the mold removal and repair of your home. Your insurance carrier might be able to assist you in hiring a qualified and trustworthy remediation company.
We suggest that you review your homeowners insurance policy to make sure you have mold coverage. You should consider adding this coverage or increasing limits on your homeowners insurance policy — as mold remediation can be very extensive and extremely costly. When deciding on coverage limits, take in consideration the highest limits your insurance company offers and balance with the highest premium you can afford.
You can learn more about mold by checking the EPA website.