Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in Your Home
May 26, 2015
Mold is often hard to deal with, as it can easily resurface after being dormant for several years.
Mold and HVAC Systems
Contrary to what some people might think, HVAC systems are not exactly responsible for mold. It is especially hard for this growth to thrive on these systems due to the nature of their surfaces, which are usually metallic. But their use can enhance the growth of mold when these systems are not properly maintained. To avoid issues, it is important for you to ensure your system is properly designed and installed to guard against dampness in your home. It should also use effective filtration techniques for clean air, with maintenance work carried out on it periodically.
Prevention of Mold Growth
If you are building a new home, it is important to ensure appropriate architectural, design, and building techniques are used for your home to guard against excess moisture. You may be exposed to a mold problem as a result of defective flashing, doors, windows, balconies and vapor barriers. You should also have the exterior parts of your building inspected at least once annually. Breaches in building envelope, roof flashing and caulking should be repaired.
It is important to eliminate all stagnant water in tubs, sinks, and other areas. You may promote problematic mold growth by leaving your air conditioning unit off for a prolonged time during the summer months, so you should avoid doing this if possible. The use of a dehumidifier can also help eliminate excessive moisture in your home that could allow mold to gain ground. It also helps to have insulation and vapor barriers installed to guard against condensation on objects such as water pipes, plumbing fixtures and beams.
You can also get help in preventing mold growth by signing a preventive maintenance agreement with a technician. This will enable you get professional help in checking mold growth. Your technician will assist in carefully examining your HVAC system periodically and performing all necessary repairs. If the likelihood of mold occurrence is noticed in-between visits by your technician, you should get in touch with them immediately. By doing this, you will not only be able to prevent mold growth, but the efficiency and lifespan of your system will also be safeguarded. It will also save you from having to pay for costly repairs.
Taking Further Actions
If you suspect there is mold in your home, you should waste no time in speaking with a St. Louis HVAC professional. If your property is still relatively new, you may want to inform the builder. Inspection will then be carried out to validate, or invalidate, your fear. If your fear is confirmed, the type of mold involved and its toxicity is ascertained for necessary actions.
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