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Prevent Surface Mold Infestations When You’re Away from Home with Home Watch

June 12, 2023


Mold growth can be a common issue in a home, and one type frequently found is called “surface mold.” Mold is an unwelcome intruder that not affects the aesthetics of your living space, but also poses potential health risks. But by understanding the importance of preventing surface mold when you’re away from home for an extended period, you can ensure a healthy and worry-free environment when you return.

What is Surface Mold?

Surface mold refers to mold growth that occurs visibly on the surface of materials within your home, such as walls, ceilings, furniture, carpet or fabrics. It can appear as fuzzy, discolored patches or powdery coatings, depending upon the type of mold.

Common areas where you might find surface mold include: bathrooms, kitchens, basements, crawl spaces, attics, windowsills and frames, and closet interiors. These are areas where limited sunlight, lack of air circulation, condensation and high humidity levels can foster mold. Without prompt attention and preventive measures, mold growth can spread rapidly, infiltrating hidden spaces and further exacerbating the problem.

Regardless of a home’s age or location, surface mold can occur. While we typically associate mold with unsightly patches on walls or ceilings, some types of mold can also cause extensive damage to your home’s structural integrity, leading to costly repairs and diminished property value. While not as invasive as deeper mold infestations, surface mold can still cause property damage, create a musty smell, and potentially impact indoor air quality if left unchecked.

Northern Virginia’s climate can contribute to conditions favorable for surface mold growth any time of the year, with its high summer humidity, moderate rainfall throughout the year, seasonal temperature fluctuations, and the number of older homes that may have inadequate insulation or ventilation.

Having good ventilation is essential in preventing molds. Proper ventilation serves multiple purposes, including moisture control, air circulation, improved indoor air quality and temperature regulation. It helps reduce excess moisture in the air and stagnant conditions to discourage mold-friendly environments. However, when your house is closed up while you’re away on an extended vacation or assignment, air cannot circulate, thus creating optimal environments of moisture, a suitable temperature and organic materials for surface mold growth to thrive.

Related: How to Get Rid of Mold

Your Home Watch Team Can Monitor for Surface Mold

Having a dedicated Home Watch team to monitor and maintain your home while you’re away can provide invaluable peace of mind. Their trained professionals conduct regular inspections, ensuring your property remains in optimal condition. To help monitor for surface mold, their services can include:

  • Regular visual inspections to identify signs of mold or potential moisture issues
  • Regular “airing out” of your home to ensure air circulation
  • Moisture monitoring using moisture detection tools
  • HVAC system checks to ensure proper function and controlled humidity levels
  • Prompt response to water issues if a leak or damage occurs in your home
  • Quick response, with notification to the homeowners, and coordination with contractors for immediate repairs
  • Seasonal maintenance
  • Referrals to reputable mold remediation specialists if a significant mold issue is detected

Contact Golden Rule Home Watch Before You Leave Home

From identifying and monitoring potential moisture sources to promptly addressing any signs of mold growth, your Home Watch team at Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge acts as your eyes and ears to safeguard your home and its contents. They act as an extra layer of protection during your absence, and you’ll know that your property is being regularly monitored and maintained.

When you’re getting ready for time away from your Northern Virginia home, put contacting Golden Rule Home Watch on your “to do” list of preparations. Contact us today for your free initial consultation at 855-928-2424 and learn about our HomeWatch, CarWatch,  KeyWatch and Concierge services.