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8 Easy Ways to Stop Mold Growth Before it Starts

 

Mold isn’t just unsightly – it’s dangerous.

 

The toxic fungus spreads by producing microscopic spores. When inhaled, these spores can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and other undesirable health affects. Since mold can grow virtually anywhere moisture is found, it is a frequent problem in our homes and bathrooms.

 

Luckily, you can use these eight tips from Patterson Plumbing to stop mold before it starts:

 

  1. Run your exhaust fan for 15 minutes after every shower to remove excess moisture from the air.

 

  1. Install a plastic vapor barrier in your crawl space to minimize groundwater evaporation.

 

  1. Vent moisture-generating appliances (such as the stove and dryer) to the outside, not your attic.

 

  1. Clean your gutters twice every year. Clogged gutters can cause water to seep into your roof, where it can cause irreversible damage and invite mold to grow.

 

  1. Dry up any and all spills immediately. Even a knocked over cup of water can lead to mold if it isn’t handled.

 

  1. Air ducts are one of mold’s favorite hiding spots. Have yours professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.

 

  1. Use a dehumidifier in problem areas, such as the bathroom or basement. Home’s in warmer climates may require a whole-house dehumidifier system.

 

  1. Repair all plumbing leaks immediately. A leaking pipe left untreated can lead to mold, wood rot, water damage, and a plethora of other problems.

 

Patterson Plumbing offers a variety of services to keep your home mold-free, including leak repairs, air duct cleaning, and whole-home humidity control solutions. If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

 
 

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