Don’t neglect risk factors for mold and water damage
Another aspect of keeping any home safe is to prevent it from gaining structural damage or a mold problem. One easy way for that to happen is by neglecting regular gutter maintenance.
After every autumn, homeowners should be sure to have a roofing professional rid gutters of wet leaves, sediment and twigs. If these accumulate too much, water can gush into window frames during heavy downpours and cause a slow rot of any wood, pose a risk to electrical junction boxes or allow mold to creep into the walls.
The roofing professional can also replace any sections that have degraded over time or are in need of patching.
In some climates, gutter cleaning may need to be done twice a year.
Homeowners also should pay attention to how water from downspouts is routed through their yards. The sloping earth against a home may need to be re-landscaped so that none of the water can seep into basement walls and cause a dampness problem or mold.
Rainwater should never be directed toward a driveway where it can freeze into a sheet of ice in the winter.
In situations where there is a steep slope or frequent flash flooding occurs, drywall installed at the end of perforated pipe can direct excess water into the ground.
If the homeowner owns a brick house, it should be checked regularly for holes in the mortar or degraded areas that need to be patched. Any holes can allow water to seep into drywall and cause weak spots.
Kitchens and bathrooms also can pose problems for mold development because of the excess moisture they produce. Both of these areas should have proper ventilation installed to keep condensation at bay.