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6 Easy Mold Prevention Tips

by Joslyn

Mold Prevention

Preventing mold is the key way to avoid having to deal with mold at all.

Here are six important tips to help you prevent mold :

    • Dehumidification System

Consider air conditioning possible augmented with a dehumidification system.

These systems pull the moisture from the building thus minimizing growth by depriving mold of one of its nutrients.

    • Use Caution

Use caution when you turning your air conditioning off. In humid climates, extended periods of non-operation of HVAC equipment may allow humidity levels to become quite high in buildings.

These periods can permit mold to gain a foothold in the building and thrive.

    • Installation

Install insulation and vapor barriers to prevent condensation on cold objects such as water pipes,beams,and plumbing fixtures.

    • Avoid Standing Water

Keep sinks, showers, tubs and other wet areas free of standing water.

    • Review Applications

Demand architectural,design,and construction applications that prevent water from entering the interior.

Areas of concern include improperly pitched roofs,poorly designed balconies,win- dows,doors,improperly installed flashing, vapor barriers,and thin stucco.

    • Maintain Structure Regularly

Maintain the integrity of building envelope through regular inspections, caulking,roof flashing,and sealing of the buildings exterior.

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3 comments

Matt Geri November 3, 2005 - 2:13 am

Thanks for the tips for removing mold! Great resource you have here! I will be sure to check back more often!

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Donna Bobb July 10, 2014 - 2:58 pm

I’ve had a mold problem for years. When I moved into my house I had some one come out and they said the mold I had was not harmful. In the 30 years I have lived here I have tried a lot of things to try to kill it. Bleach and then a water resistant paint. It goes away but always comes back in a year or so.

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BrianReeves July 10, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Bleach will not be effective in killing mold on porous surfaces. If it is in the wall it may need to be cut out. For more information on bleach and mold check out 3 Reasons Why You Should Never Use Bleach To Clean Mold.

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