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April showers bring May flowers! At least in the Northeast we’ve had our share of showers. Along with flowers, those showers bring along mold, moisture and rust in and around our homes. Foremost Insurance offers some tips to find problems before they cause damage to your home.

Recognize the signs

  • Musty odors
  • Damp, sticky floor
  • Dripping pipe
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Rusty stains around light fixtures
  • Mildew along ceiling, wall and baseboard edges
  • Condensation on windows and cold surfaces

Use preventive maintenance

  • Keep inside air circulating with vents and fans to avoid condensation. Use exhaust fans in the bathroom when showering. Install an exhaust fan in your laundry area and use it when doing laundry. Make sure your dryer is vented to the outside.
  • Fix leaky faucets and dripping toilets. In cold climates, water flowing down the drain under the home may freeze, causing water to back up through the drain lines and into your home.
  • Invest in a good portable dehumidifier with a humidity control. Choose one that shuts off automatically when the collector pan is full.
  • Use storm windows to help conserve energy and keep condensation from forming on windows. An added benefit – they help reduce heat loss.
  • Be sure the skirting around the base of your manufactured home is well ventilated and allows air to circulate freely, to help eliminate unwanted moisture from being drawn into the sub-flooring.

Keep an eye on the inside

  • Listen for any unusual hissing sounds. This can be a pinhole leak in a water line within the floor or wall.
  • Periodically check hard-to-reach, seldom seen spaces around the water heater, under sinks and behind clothes washer. Check the ice maker lines and filters for your refrigerator, too.
  • Look for discolored floor coverings or sub floors – usually a sign of a leak. Water stains and wetness are often cause by lose or damaged plumbing fixtures or fittings.
  • Moisture at the base of a toilet may indicate a deteriorated wax ring, which is easily replaced.
  • If you discover interior water damage, correct the problem immediately. If you can’t make the repair yourself, hire a qualified repair person.
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