Prevent Mildew and Mold Growth in Your Home

Mildew and mold are common household problems — especially in humid climates. However, where there is a leak or exposure to water or moisture, mold or mildew is sure to follow. Often homeowners don’t notice the presence of mold and mildew until there’s a serious problem. That’s because mold, in particular, is insidious and can grow in walls and ceilings where we can’t see it until it makes its way to the surface. The best way to deal with mold and mildew is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. However, if you are plagued by these issues, you can tackle them — and, when needed, we can help.

Check the Humidity Level of Your Home

Humidity often paves the way to mold and mildew growth. When the humidity level rises in your home, it can lead to condensation — and that can cause mold and mildew to multiply. People who have mold allergies often take the step of investing in a humidity monitor to make sure that the humidity levels of their house remain in a normal range. We can help you source these monitors as well as help you remediate a mold growth problem.

Keep All Areas of Your Home Dry

Keeping your home dry is vital for preventing mold and mildew growth. Sounds simple enough, but, in fact, it can be challenging even in a dry climate. When your home is closed up and relying on its HVAC system for temperature control, it can exacerbate a mold situation. Mold and mildew can grow with the smallest of leaks. You’ll want to ensure that at least the pipes you can see are secure and leak free. Water tanks, crawl spaces, refrigerators, washing machines — these are areas where water can collect and cause a moisture problem. With proper maintenance and timely repairs, you can reduce the risk for mold and mildew growth.

Direct Water Away from the House

It’s vital to keep your home’s roof and gutter system in optimum condition. These features should direct water off and away from the home. A single issue — just one leak — can compromise these protective features and lead to a mold crisis. Be sure to keep these features in good repair. We can visit to inspect your roof, gutters, and even your foundation to make sure there are no leaks that could cause damage.

Promote Good Circulation

A home that’s closed up may experience poor air circulation. If mold is present, this lack of circulation can foster further mold growth. Use your overhead ceiling fans if you have them to circulate the air. Open windows when you can to allow fresh breezes to wash through the house. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom can also help you maintain good air quality.

If you are concerned about an existing mold and mildew problem, we can help. We can inspect your house to find out where the mold is coming from and recommend the appropriate fix. We can then advise you about how to best eliminate mold and mildew and replace any features of your home that may be beyond repair.

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