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How to protect you and your home from mold


As the leaves continue to tumble and the temperature plummets, fall continues and winter approaches in Oregon. You may not give it much thought but wet weather season can be the easiest time of the year to develop unexpected mold and mildew in your house. It is more difficult to get mold out of an environment than it is to keep it away, and if you ignore mildew it could cause extensive damage to your home and complicated health problems for your family. By following these five steps you will be better protected from mold and mildew year round.

1) Patch up the inside and outside of your home to keep mold and mildew away. Do this by caulking any cracks or crevices in your home. It is suggested you also take care of any construction/repair that needs to be completed to the outside and especially inside of your home to insure mold does not root itself inside your structure over the winter. This could harm your structure’s integrity and your health before you can even see the damage. By eliminating cracks or structural damage you ensure mold has no place to go in your home or business.

2) This leads us to insulation and its multiple benefits to your home’s longevity and its occupants’ happiness. Insulation is one of the most preventive tools against interior mold damage for your home. Insulation regulates the temperature of your home, keeping it cool in summer and warm in winter while ensuring maximum comfort in your living environment. With added insulation, your home will become better protected from the elements and more energy efficient, while reducing the amount of chemicals released from AC and heating units.

3) Using dehumidifiers. If you live in an elevated location or maybe near the coast, high humidity is a normal thing, which leads to higher chances of suffering from the hazards of mold and mildew. Not only during cold and rainy seasons but year round. You can protect yourself with the use of dehumidification machines in your home to deter the moisture levels that mold needs to grow. A properly installed dehumidifier will even reduce the dust and allergens in your home.

4) Make sure your home has any water leaks or plumbing problems taken care of and all water logged carpets or furniture removed by the time the temperature drops and the moisture rises. This will help prevent mold, mildew and allergens away from your home and family. If you are currently building your home, insist your contractor install a proven waterproofing system and vapor barrier and consider drain tile installation on your home’s foundation to best protect against this. If a leak comes from the pipes that supply your drinking water, you should have it fixed immediately to prevent any issues from possible contamination to your drinking source.

5) Repair any damaged or leaky roof gutters and make sure downspouts direct water away from your home, especially if you have an attached basement or crawlspace. If you smell a musty smell in your house or see pools of water forming seek professional help immediately. This is another way mold can creep into the interior and exterior of your home. These issues need to be treated as soon as possible to keep mildew from growing, especially if parts of your structure are below ground. Make sure your rain gutters are installed properly, direct all water away from the home, are clear of debris and flow freely before winter arrives.

With these five tips you will help keep harmful bacteria and mildew away from your family while improving your quality of living in your home year round. We are here to help you. If you have any questions on how to further protect or remove mold and mildew professionally, feel free to send us a message.

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