When it comes to things you may sometimes find in a home or apartment, mold and mildew are among some of the most unwelcome of them all.
This is because mildew -- just a fancy way of saying mold in its early stages -- as well as mold itself can cause a host of problems for you, and not just in the sense that it is not aesthetically pleasing but rather also because it can create numerous health risks for you and your family.
These include things like respiratory problems, headaches, eye irritation, and more -- and so it of course is good to get rid of both mildew and mold, it's even better if you can prevent it from making an appearance in the first place.
With that being the case, here are some helpful ways to prevent mold and mildew in Southlake, TX.
1. Spread Towels Apart After Use In Bathroom
Odd as it may sound, just using your towel in the bathroom and then improperly storing it can be a factor in introducing mildew into your home, which we have mentioned will lead to mold if not checked.
After you have used your towel post shower or even after just washing your hands, make sure that the towels that are wet are spread far apart and aren't clumped together so that you don't have an issue with mildew.
2. Fix Plumbing Leaks In A Timely Manner
If there's one thing that mold and mildew love, it's water, and no matter how small of a leak you might have, the steady drips of the water will lead to mildew growing in the long term.
This is not to speak of the possible long term damage and destruction that may be headed your way should you choose not to take care of plumbing leaks -- water that drips can accumulate over time and ultimately cause minor if not major flood damage and the deterioration of floors and walls.
3. Use Dehumidifiers As Needed
Particularly in the warmer months if you live in the more humid areas, you can find yourself in a rather humid home and that is just an invitation for mildew.
It is well worth it to invest in dehumidifiers -- and if you have spent any time emptying out the containers of dehumidifiers, you will know that what they do is no joke as they literally remove that excess water from the air.
4. Wipe Down Your Shower After Use
This one is a fairly obvious one but people still seem to miss the boat on it -- if you are done with the shower, wipe down the walls with a squeegee or towel dry it if need be and then properly hang the towel to dry.
Leaving the walls dripping wet is just another way to get the mildew into your home and just remember -- it's easier to prevent it from being there in the first place than to make the effort to have to remove it after it is already there.
5. Regularly Check For Rainwater Entry
If you live in a house, you can be sure that as long as there's a roof over your head, there's a way for rainwater to get into your home if you aren't careful.
Regularly inspecting the exterior of your home is a good way to make sure that rainwater has not made it into your home, for once it has gotten in and done the damage, making repair is quite a chore and a difficult one at that!
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