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Mold Prevention Tips

Posted by Tiffany Byrne on Sep 7, 2017 2:39:00 PM

Where there is Mold there is water!

Fix the water – stop the Mold growth.

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  • Get a dehumidifier for the crawlspace and basement areas.  
    • Keep the dehumidifier at 60 degrees or lower at all times.  
    • Never turn it off.
    • Have a hose hooked up to the water disposal and have it constantly running to the sump pump or to the sink

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  • Check your attic for any water. Fix any leaks in your roof.
  • If you have an attic fan, make sure it is turned on. Better yet get one that is on a humidity thermostat. 
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  • Make sure the bathroom fans are always on during showers and stay on for at least 20 to 30 minutes after. To make sure the fan is working do the following:
    • Turn on the fan
    • Take a tissue and put the tissue up to the fan
    • Let go of the tissue
    • Does the Tissue fall to the ground? Or does the fan suck the tissue up to it
    • If the tissue falls to the ground GET A NEW FAN! If the tissue goes to the fan, that’s a good bathroom fan.
  • Check your dryer vents and clean them for any dust and particles. Make sure the vent exhausts to the outdoor.
  • While cooking use the exhaust fan, any moisture in the air can cause mold in the future.
  • Check under all faucet cabinets for any leaks, for example under your kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  • Check in your bathroom by your tub area for any calking that may need to be replaced. Calking may be old, stained and moldy.
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  • Clean roof gutters regularly. With the fall coming, more leaves will be falling clogging gutters. These gutters help water flow away from the home. Clogging gutters also lead to a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Direct the water away from your home by using roof leaders with PVC piping.  PVC piping is much stronger than corrugated and will not become clogged.
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  • Dry any wet areas within 48 areas. After 48 areas mold can get a toehold and begin to grow.  While some mold species are perfectly acceptable in the home, others need moisture and constant water to grow; these types of mold species are the types that are cause for health concerns.

mold prevention5.jpgQuestions?  Email Curren Environmental at [email protected] or call at 1-888-301-1050. Follow these preventative tips and mold will less likely grow in your home.