4 tips to combat mold in your home

4 tips to combat mold in your home

Experts and highly rated companies recommend the following four tips to keep mold out of your home and what actions to take if you suspect you already have mold.

1. Keep mold testers and remediators separate. If you suspect mold, try to hire one company to do the testing and another to remediate it to eliminate any conflict of interest. It’s also best if an independent lab tests the mold samples.

2. Run the dehumidifier. Basements and crawl spaces tend to be damp, but a working dehumidifier should reduce extra moisture and help keep mold from forming. Some include an alert monitor so you can track the humidity from inside your home and address high levels before it becomes a problem.

3. Check with your insurance company. Some policies offer limited coverage for mold damage under certain circumstances, and some offer no coverage. Mold remediation expenses can add up, so make sure you know what’s included in your homeowners insurance policy.

4. Ready to finish the basement? Hire a highly rated waterproofing company to inspect the area before you install drywall. Fixing moisture problems before remodeling the basement will save you the trouble and expense of ripping down moldy walls later.

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Black mold grows along a basement wall. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Theresa A. of Arlington, Va.)

Dear Angie: I moved into a duplex three months ago and found mold in the basement. I told my landlord about it, and he used white vinegar and bleach on the walls. I asked him to have a company take care of it, but he came over and tried cleaning it himself. Do you think that will get rid of it?

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