Easy Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

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Mold is an air quality killer that can expose the entire family to respiratory illnesses. To prevent mold from growing within your home, you need to know where to find it and the proper prevention methods.

Common Locations

  • Basements and crawl spaces
  • Throughout the ductwork of an HVAC system
  • Bathrooms & Kitchens
  • Near plumbing pipes and fixtures
  • Surrounding the washer and dryer

Prevention Methods

  1. Roof Leaks – Missing shingles, damaged flashing, and holes in the roof can all contribute to roof leaks. Repairing and maintaining your roof will prevent any leaks from occurring and mold from growing.
  2. Leaky Pipes – Not only do leaky pipes waste water and raise your monthly bills, they also fill a room with moisture and sometimes standing water. Have a plumber inspect your plumbing system to repair any leaky pipes you may have. It only takes 48 hours for standing water to begin producing mold.
  3. Clogged Gutters – When your gutter system is filled with leaves, sticks, and other debris, rainfall can not properly drain away from your property. Water will pool up in the gutters and on the roof, contributing to roof leaks and property flooding.
  4. Bathroom Fans – Taking a hot shower can be relaxing, but always make sure you turn on a working bathroom exhaust fan. This will remove the excess steam and moisture from the bathroom. Otherwise, mold will begin to grow on the walls, in corners of the room , and around the plumbing fixtures.
  5. Air Duct Cleaning – When your home’s humidity level gets too high the ductwork can hold onto moisture. Eventually, mold can begin to grow on the metal surfaces within the ductwork and will come into contact with the air you breathe. A professional air duct cleaning with anti-microbial cleaners can remove the mold.

Preventing mold from growing in your home will increase your home’s indoor air quality and allow you to breathe clean air. When you need professionals to clean your ductwork of mold and dust, contact the experts at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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