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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.


How Humidity Affects Your Home

Condensation on glass window with water drops

Humidity can make a hot summer day feel 10 degrees warmer, but that’s not the only way it can impact our lives. In fact, humidity can affect our homes just as much as it affects our bodies.

Humidity is a measure of the level of moisture present in the air – too much or too little of it can have damaging affects. Here are a few ways to tell that the humidity levels in your home are too high.

  • Mold Spots. Water invites mold to grow. Long-term humidity problems can eventually lead to mold growth, so keep your eyes out for spots on your walls and ceilings.

  • Window Condensation. When warm, humid air comes in contact with your cold windows, condensation occurs. This does not happen to the same extent with warm, dry air.

  • Warping wood. Too much moisture in the air can cause the wood in your home to warp, crack, and rot. This includes wood framing, furniture, and flooring.

  • Sticky situation. Does it feel uncomfortably sticky in your home? Sometimes, this is the only sign you need to take action and lower your humidity levels.

So, what can you do if you spot these signs around your home? There are two basic ways to fix high humidity problems:

  • Portable humidifiers: These can be purchased at your local pharmacy for under $50, and are good for problem areas such as the basement or attic.

  • Whole-home humidifiers: These connect directly to your HVAC system and can control humidity levels throughout your entire home, rather than being limited to just one room.

Do you suffer from high humidity in your Colorado home? Trust the experts at Patterson Plumbing to keep you comfortable all year long. We offer a variety of humidity control solutions to homes and businesses in Pueblo County. Contact us online for more information, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.