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Mold, Moisture and Your Home

I’m sure you have heard a lot about mold recently.  It seems to be an ever growing nuisance.   The number one question we hear is, “Why is mold growing in my home?”  Mold is a part of our natural environment.  Outdoors mold plays a large part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as dead trees and fallen leaves, but indoor mold growth is a totally different story.

Mold can gradually destroy the things it grows on; the longer it grows the more damage it causes.  You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.  The key to mold control is moisture control.  If mold is a problem in your home, it’s time to act quickly!

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless they have found a bed of moisture to grow in.  This is when molds start causing health problems.  Molds can produce irritants and in some cases toxic substances.  Inhaling or touching mold spores can cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rashes, and can irritate the throat and lungs.  Allergic reactions to mold are quite common; they can be immediate or delayed.

Moisture control is the key to mold control, so when you have a water leak indoors, act quickly to have it taken care of.  If wet or damp areas are dried within 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.

Here are a few tips to help keep moisture under control in your home:

  • Clean and repair your roof gutters regularly
  • Make sure that water does not enter or collect around the foundation   of   your home.
  • Keep indoor air-conditioning drip pan clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. If possible keep the humidity below 60% relative humidity.  (Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, which is a small, inexpensive instrument that can be purchased at many hardware stores.)

If you see condensation collecting on windows, walls or pipes, act now!  Dry the wet surface immediately. Condensation is a sign of high humidity.  How to reduce the humidity in your home.

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers and stoves.
  • Use a de-humidifier when needed.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering.  Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking, running the dishwasher, etc.

If you suspect that your heating and cooling system or your ductwork is contaminated with mold, make an appointment with us today for a system inspection.

QUICK TIPS!

Washing clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot water can save up to $167 per year!

Change the setting on your water heater, 120 degrees for electric and the warm setting for gas water heaters.  Water heating is the 3rd largest energy expense in your home.

Put a dry towel in the dryer with a wet load of clothes to speed drying time.

Install aerators on the faucets, the less hot water you use the more money you save!

If you have any questions or comments, or have any problems or questions about your  heat/air conditioning unit, please contact us.

Daniel Brown  843-424-0192

Jon Reaves 843-902-9829

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