Mold and mildew growing in your basement, behind your walls and/or in your attic can compromise your family's health. Mold can trigger allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and a running nose as well as cause asthma attacks, breathing difficulties and even long-term lung damage. Once mold gets a hold in your home, it can be difficult to control and will likely require the services of a mold removal company, like American Environmental Construction LLC. The best plan is to prevent mold from making inroads in your home to begin with.

Ways to prevent mold in your home

1. Keep your drainage system clear. Overflowing gutters and clogged drain pipes can cause water to back up and get dumped at the base of your foundation. This can lead to water seeping in your walls and into your basement. Avoid this by cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year (in the fall and in the spring) and inspecting your drain pipes periodically.

2. Insulate your pipes. A burst pipe can send water cascading behind your walls, in your crawl space and all over the house. If you live in a colder region of the country, freezing pipes can be a real concern. Help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting in the winter by insulating them with special foam sleeves designed for this purpose. The little you spend for this insulation will help prevent a costly clean-up (and possible mold) in the winter.

3. Inspect your foundation periodically. Cracks in the mortar and stone in your foundation can give rain water and melting snow an opportunity to enter your home. Walk around the perimeter of your house every month or so to identify and fix any hairline cracks that may have formed.

4. Clean up any water mess promptly. Did you let the tub overflow? Did your husband leave a bedroom window during a rainstorm? These situations happen to every homeowner once in a while. Avoid exacerbating the problem by cleaning the water up promptly. It takes just 24 to 36 hours for mold and mildew to form.

5. Ventilate your attic properly. Condensation can cause mold to form in your attic without your even being aware of it. Prevent this from happening by making sure that you install attic vents and/or a ventilation fan at the top of your house.

Mold can be a serious issue if allowed to take hold in your home. Prevent this from happening by cleaning up water messes promptly, ventilating your attic well, inspecting your foundation regularly and keeping your gutters clean.