Mold can cause a lot of problems within your home, from ugly stains and bad smells to triggering allergies and respiratory problems. Gutter contractor Gutter Helmet® of Eastern NY lists the things you can do to prevent mold growth in your home.
Fix Plumbing Problems
Leaky plumbing can significantly increase your water usage. It can also create areas where mold can thrive and spread. If you notice a moldy smell whenever you open the cabinet under the sink, a leak may have been there for quite some time. Have the leak fixed and the mold removed by spraying commercial mold remover or white vinegar on the affected surfaces, and wiping the surfaces down afterward.
Address Roofing and Gutter Problems
As with plumbing problems, moisture from leaky roofs and overflowing gutters can collect in unseen areas such as attic corners, and encourage mold growth. It can also damage wood components and insulation. Since these areas aren’t readily visible, you might not be able to notice the signs until it’s too late. In addition to regular roofing and gutter maintenance, as well as timely repairs, Gutter Helmet systems keep leaves and debris away from the gutters, keeping it clog-free.
Ventilate Your Home Regularly
Mold is considered an indoor air pollutant and should be flushed out whenever possible. Opening your windows regularly for at least 15 minutes a day can help keep mold spores, as well as other types of pollutants, at negligible levels. To accomplish efficient airflow, make sure there are two openings in the same room: one acts as the exhaust vent, the other the intake vent. Also, make it a point to regularly inspect and clean your HVAC system’s air filters.
Use a Humidifier/Dehumidifier System
An active humidifier/dehumidifier system can be integrated into most existing HVAC systems. It can help regulate indoor moisture levels and prevent indoor mold growth. It can also keep indoor air from getting dry during winter.