Winter during an El Niño year brings plenty of reasons for serious concern to southern California homeowners and business owners because of the potential environmental concerns related to all the extra moisture. While rain is great for plants and helps with the ongoing drought, every action possible must be taken to keep the moisture and humidity outside of our structures. Mold is stealthy and invasive, but there are actions you can take to make a real difference.
Areas that experience a lot of rainfall are always at risk for mold and the many problems it can bring to a home or business, but we’re pleased to offer some tips on preventing El Niño mold infiltration into your San Diego structures. And it all starts with keeping the water out in every way possible.
Here are some specific tips for dealing with the El Niño mold issue:
- Good building or home maintenance is the best defense against mold growth. Keeping up with your maintenance costs a lot less than mold remediation after you have a problem, and it prevents the loss of important possessions and equipment as well.
- Inspect and repair rain gutters, making sure they’re always clean and that downspouts don’t allow water to pool near the building’s foundation or anywhere near the structure where it could eventually find its way back inside. Water should be directed well away from all buildings.
- Get roof leaks fixed quickly. If you noticed leaks — even small ones — recently, get someone out to take care of the problem right away. Once the rain starts, it’s too late. And El Niño water and mold damage often comes with wind, which can make roof problems worse.
- If there are any surface drains, check them to make sure they’re functional. They serve a vital function in protecting your home or business and surrounding property.
- Take a look at ground slopes and make sure they’re all still sending water away from the building. Construction, repairs or landscaping can change slopes in ways that aren’t good for the building.
- Seal up windows and doors using standard, recommended procedures to prevent costly and damaging water intrusion. Simple caulking can go a long way — and keep those windows closed as well. Check for cracks or damage frequently.
- Consider unoccupied guesthouses or unused rooms in your home or business. They should be heated and checked for excess humidity to prevent condensation, one of the many causes of indoor mold. If there’s a musty odor, mold may have already started.
- Have sandbags ready if your building is on a lot that frequently floods. You need to be able to create an impenetrable water barrier system to protect your home or business. If your structure is located in a floodplain, this is especially important.
- Take immediate action if you notice water intrusion. Your insurance company may not be able to immediately return your call, but you must mitigate damages. The best first step is to contact a professional drying and mold remediation company as quickly as possible to stop problems from getting worse.
For a free telephone consultation without obligation or pressure, contact Orange Restoration San Diego right away at (619) 376-6838. We’ll work quickly to clean up water and mold and put things back like they should be. It’s what we do in and around San Diego every day. And we expect to be doing a lot more of it during this El Niño winter.