Having to deal with a mold infestation in your South Berkeley home is not a fun endeavor, nor I it exactly an inexpensive one either. And while the presence of mold presents several issues, it is not a broken pipe waking you up in the middle of the night, there are preventative measures that you can take to ensure that you have successfully lowered your homes chance of attracting a mold infestation.
Keep Your Home Protected with Routine Maintenance
The cleanliness of your South Berkeley home is important in keeping mold at bay. Keeping your surfaces clean with bleach will not only do its part in protecting your home from the threat of mold but it also kills bacteria and other germs that may have entered your home throughout the day.
Keeping clutter at a minimum will also aid in preventing mold growth. Clutter prevents your homes HVAC system from circulating air throughout your home; draperies and furniture that obstructs HVAC supply grilles can cause condensation and a moisture issue. Collections of clutter that become damp or say a collection of wet towels provide mold spores the ideal environment to flourish. The immediate mopping up of wet areas will also do a lot to keep your home mold free. Think of moisture as an enemy in the multi front war that is homeownership.
Every good commander keeps an eye on the enemy’s position, but a great commander takes the very footing out from under the enemy leaving nowhere to run or hide. While dusting, mopping, and clearing clutter from your home, keep an eye out for signs of a moisture issue. By addressing issues and areas that could prove to be problematic in the future, you are safe guarding your home as well as the health of yourself and your family.
Your House Needs a Breath of Fresh Air Too
Ensuring that your home is properly ventilated is half of the battle. By moving fresh air into your home, you deny mold the stagnant stillness of air that it thrives in.
Open windows and only shut screen doors regularly allowing the natural breeze to flow into your home. If your home has a house fan let it run in the evening hours after work before setting your climate control for the night, not only will this eliminate moisture problems in your home, it also cools your home down nicely. Your South Berkeley HVAC system should be cleaned regularly and checked to make sure that it is functioning correctly. The ducting in your homes ceilings and walls could act as a super highway transporting mold from one side of your home to the other and even worse, mold could grow in the ducting and then release its spores throughout your home.
Preventative Home Improvements
Should your moisture issue persist after taking the previously mentioned actions to curtail it, you may need to look a little further into the climate in which you live and invest in a humidity control system for your home. Add on units can be purchased for climate control appliances that you may already have installed in your home. These units install fairly easy but should you need the help of trained professionals, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us!
Install ceiling fans in large rooms that air has a tendency to become stagnant in, encouraging air movement in your home is an easy and refreshing way to keep mold at bay.
Taking a look at the exterior of your home, make sure that there isn’t any evidence of water pooling anywhere near your home unless it is intentional and has been installed by professional contractors. Make all efforts to divert water away from your home by trenching away from you homes foundation or installing a water proofing system.
Your homes roof is another area of concern as damaged roof materials could allow moisture an easy access point to your home. But it is not the only way that your roof could potentially abed a moisture issue. Gutters and down spouts need to be cleared regularly especially heading into rainy season. A backed-up gutter could lead to moisture issues that carry on well into the other seasons.
There are several ways in which we can combat mold in our homes, by far the most effective way is to fortify those fronts and never allow mold into our homes in the first place.
RUSH PLUMBING & ROOTER is at the ready, eager to tackle your moisture issues should you require assistance. Our highly qualified team of master plumbers works tirelessly to ensure that your project is completed to exceed your expectations in both professionalism and quality of work. Call now to speak to one of our team members to get your free estimate and in home consultation scheduled today, tomorrow may be too late.