Many people dream of a home or a vacation home on the water. Whether it’s near the lake on a river vista or a classic beach house where you can hear the waves lap on the shore. For some simply having a place in a community near the water lets them quickly enjoy the waves, even if don’t live on the shore.
Of course, these kinds of properties come with their own unique set of questions. How will you use the property? Is the home in good condition? How much will it cost to maintain it?
All of these questions are important, and yet they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Homes and outbuildings near the water are also subject to the pervasive nature of moisture and lingering humidity in the air. While the air conditioning system might help keep you comfortable on a hot, humid day, you still can’t ignore the impact that humidity can have on the home. This includes how it can affect the indoor air quality.
Indeed, mildew and mold are often common in waterfront properties. They typically occur when humidity affects a porous surface, creating the ideal conditions to host mildew or mold spores. Left unchecked the persistent microbial presence can even start to affect your health, leading to respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and even the potential for chronic immune response syndrome.
Dealing With Existing Mold
If you are buying a home near the water and mold is present, or you notice mold shortly after moving in, you need to address it as soon as possible. The longer mold goes without remediation the more likely you and your loved ones are to suffer from a mold-related illness. At the same time, mold has the ability to gradually damage soft materials and infest things like carpeting and carpet padding, which can prove costly to repair.
You should never attempt to remediate mold yourself. While the disinfecting powers of something like bleach might seem attractive, most household cleaners sold at the retail level simply lack the potency to affect mold in the long term. Some of them might even create their own harmful fumes or potentially damage the affected surface.
If you have noticed an existing or newly developed mold problem, you need to seek out professional mold remediation services. They have the tools, training, and equipment to quickly remove the mold and effectively treat any affected surfaces.
Steps For Preventing Beach House Mold
Of course, prevention is always the best method for stopping mold before it has a chance to establish a presence. Adopting some basic household practices in the here-and-now can significantly reduce your chances of developing a mold problem in your home.
Step 1: Remove wet clothing as soon as possible.
When you come in from enjoying the water, you might be able to tolerate a wet swimsuit or simply hang up a damp towel. However, mold spores in the air can cling to the surface and later start to inhabit them.
Keeping a hamper near a changing area or near your front door can give you a convenient place to store wet clothing items. Try to encourage every member of the household to change out of any wet items as soon as they get home. Then you should wash and dry any clothing at your earliest convenience.
Step 2: Make sure to clean, dry, and disinfect all your beach equipment and other surfaces in the home.
Wet surfaces provide an inviting environment for mold spores. This also includes disinfecting wet spots in your home with an oxygen-based cleaner.
Step 3: Improve Air Flow Throughout The Home And Manage Humid Spaces
Mold spores move through the air to settle on damp surfaces which can promote growth. While you might be satisfied with the air flow in the primary living spaces of your home, there are other areas that might be highly susceptible. This can include the attic, basement, or a seldom used crawl space.
It’s also important to use fans in the kitchen and bathroom at the appropriate times. Some people opt not to turn on these fans when they shower or boil water because they make a great deal of noise. If you feel this way, you might want to look into some of the newer and more silent fans sold in most hardware stores.
You might want to also keep a dehumidifier running in any areas that have a propensity for trapping humidity. This might include a basement, crawl space, or even a seldom-used closet.
If the airflow is less than optimal, it is time to get to work. Just adding a fan to the attic or crawlspace can improve airflow a great deal, so that is a good place to get started. Be sure to use the fans you have, like the exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen, as doing so will make a mold infestation less likely.
Step 4: Address any water leaks as soon as possible
Even if you can live with the annoying sound of a leaky faucet or dripping water, you should still have it repaired by a certified professional as soon as possible. The persistent dampness of these seemingly simple water leaks can create a surface capable of hosting a serious mold infestation.
Not to mention that persistent water leaks also have a knack for escaping from a drain space to pool up in sub-surface areas. When this happens, it can create an ideal area for mold spores to develop, as well as cause increasingly expensive damage to your home.
Step 5: Diligent use of dry storage
Clothing and household items can potentially collect moisture through humidity and the daily changes in your beach home’s temperature. When stored away from easy sight, they can provide an inviting area for mold spores.
Using dry storage and sealed containers to keep unused items can prevent humidity from affecting them. Since they are sealed away airborne mold spores won’t be able to access them.
Diligently following these basic tips will help reduce the available moisture and surfaces that could potentially host mold in your beach home.
Home Maintenance And Water Damage
Water damaged to materials and household items creates a prime breeding ground for mold spores. While floods and storm surge is some of the more commonly thought of forms of water damage. However, something as simple as a leaky roof or a dripping faucet that goes unrepaired can also create hard to see places that host mold.
In any of these situations, you need to seek professional repair services. The affected area also needs to inspected for the presence of mold and remediated if necessary.