Nothing damages your home’s value and curb appeal like mold. External mold is unsightly, and internal mold can cause health problems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The key to fighting mold is moisture control. Clean and dry any water-damaged areas immediately to prevent mold growth. If you do find mold in your home, clean it promptly. If the affected area is less than 10 square feet, try cleaning the mold yourself. Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water and dry completely. You may have to discard porous surfaces affected by mold. Once the mold is gone, fix the water problem that is promoting mold growth. To keep water out of your home, consider starting at the bottom: your foundation.
1. Grade the soil around your house, creating a gentle slope that will direct water away from the foundation.
2. Place gravel where water collects near your house to help the water more quickly sink into the earth
3. Clean your gutters of debris, and make sure all of your downspouts connect to pipes that carry water away from your house.
4. Install drainage pipes to carry water away from the foundation. Just make sure they are connected properly!
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Source of information on mold: EPA Mold Guide