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Common Home Problems & Solutions: Mold

Common Home Problems & Solutions: MoldThe health of your home can directly relate to your personal health and well-being. Aside from obvious health issues, when your home is invaded by mold, a number of problems can arise such as the cost of repairs and removal.

Why Does Mold Develop?

Mold develops in different places in your home for various reasons. If you have leaking water within your home or high humidity, then mold and mildew can form and grow out of control fairly quickly. These same conditions can also lead to superficial issues such as rotting, flaking paint, and structural damage in various parts of your home.

Generally mold forms due to the existence of moisture which can originate from many different places such as a leaky roof, a leaky foundation, a leaky toilet, and even a poorly ventilated bathroom.

Stopping water leaks as soon as they start is important to getting rid of indoor mold before it has a chance to form. Once you have cleaned up the obvious visible water pools and leaks you need to find the source of the leak. If you find that part of your home’s exterior has been compromised, then you may need to hire a professional contractor to fix it.

Humidity: The Invisible Enemy

Humidity generally comes with the warm summer weather, and if your home isn’t properly equipped it can lead to mold growth in many different areas. Essentially, humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air, and as we’ve just discussed mold loves moisture.

Battle Humidity

  • Ensuring your air conditioner is operating efficiently is important to getting rid of indoor mold. Your air conditioner is the best defense against humidity because in addition to cooling the air in your home it also removes the moisture from the air. An inefficient air conditioning system can result in high humidity levels, which in turn can lead to mold growth. The best way to ensure your air conditioning system is operating properly is to have a professional from a company like Point Bay Energy Heating and Cooling evaluate your system.
  • Venting your appliances to the exterior of your house is an easy way to ensure they aren’t contributing to poor air quality and adding moisture to the air in your home. Vents from your kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms should connect directly outdoors and not behind walls or between floors.
  • Sealing air leaks in your home can also assist you in preventing and getting rid of indoor mold. By sealing air leaks in exteriors walls and around windows and doors, you’re preventing less humid air from escaping your home and humid air from entering. Sealing up holes in your home’s duct system is also a good way to ensure your air conditioner has the opportunity to draw and push air throughout your home and remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Using a dehumidifier in your home is a great way to reduce the moisture and chances of mold growth in high moisture areas. A portable dehumidifier can be targeted to specific areas that you know are typically higher in moisture and humidity than the rest of your home.

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Overall, the best way to deal with mold is to attack it before it has a chance to form. This can be achieved by removing the humidity from the air in your home, and removing moisture from surfaces and walls.

The Point Bay team is happy to answer any questions you may have. Whether you are ordering deliveries, scheduling service calls, or wanting to enjoy one of our stress-free annual plans, our customer service team will be there for you and treat you with courtesy. If you are ready to experience the best customer service in New Jersey, give us a call today at 732-349-5059 for a free estimate or fill out a contact form on our website.