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mold prevention tips

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.

 
 

How to Prevent Mold in the Bathroom

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Did you know that more than 100,000 different types of mold exist?

It’s true. Mold can range from the green fuzz on your bread to black slime in your shower, but they all have one thing in common: they can grow virtually anywhere moisture is present. This includes in your home, in areas such as the basement, washing machine, and especially your bathroom.

Mold isn’t just unsightly, it is dangerous to your health. Exposure to mold can cause short-term side effects including sneezing, coughing, irritated eyes and throat, headaches, dizziness, and nausea, but the real danger lies in the long-term effects it can have on your health – such as respiratory infections.

If you want to prevent mold from growing in your bathroom, here are a few tips you should keep in mind:

  • Run your exhaust fan for 15 minutes after every shower. This will help remove excess moisture from the air.

  • Stretch out your shower curtain. If you have a shower curtain, it is common for mold to grow in the folds, where air doesn’t circulate. Prevent this from occurring by stretching out the curtain from right to left after all of your showers.

  • Inspect your fixtures for leaks. Check the pipes connecting to your toilet, sink, and shower. If there is even a small leak, it can lead to a puddle of water, which invites mold to grow.

  • Squeegee your shower walls after use. This can remove up to 75% of the moisture that supports mold and mildew growth.

  • Seal your grout. If you have tile floors, sealing your grout lines every year with a grout sealant will help waterproof them.

Looking for more mold prevention tips? Check out this article from WikiHow!

Patterson Plumbing is the leading bathroom authority in Pueblo, Colorado. From plumbing repairs and installations to full-blown bathroom remodels, our experts do it all! If you live in Pueblo County or the surrounding area and are in need of any of our services, contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.