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Start Preventing Mold Issues Before Fall & Winter Months

Start Preventing Mold Issues Before Fall & Winter Months

Wet weather in fall and winter can cause mold issues, especially as darker days set in. There are many different types of mold, and while some are only cosmetic issues, others can seriously harm both building and human health. In order to prevent mold issues, it’s important to take some proactive steps.

Check Your Attic for Moisture

Since attics don’t receive as much ventilation and airflow are other areas of the house, it’s essential to regularly check your attic for signs of moisture. At least once a week, inspect the ceiling, sides, and floor for any signs of excessive moisture. These include ponding water, wet areas, and a damp smell. You can also utilize a humidity sensor to give you an accurate humidity reading. If the sensor reads that the humidity level is greater than 50%, you’ll need to take action to lower the humidity.

It’s also a good idea to check your attic ceiling for any leaks. To do this, inspect your attic after a period of heavy rain. If you see any drips or leaks, make sure to patch them before the rains and snow of fall and winter arrive.

Check Your Basement for Moisture

Since basements sit at least partially underground, they’re prone to water issues. Frequent rains and low temperatures during the fall and winter months often cause saturated ground, which can lead to high basement moisture levels. If your home lacks proper drainage or grading, heavy rains can also lead to water entering the basement.

To catch problems before they spiral out of control, check your basement each week for any puddles or wet spots. If you notice any problem areas, investigate their cause. Some common causes of excessive moisture include a broken gutter, leaking interior pipe, or cracks in the foundation.

It’s also a good idea to read the overall air moisture level with a humidity sensor. If the humidity level is too high, you can end up with mold issues.

Consider Getting a Dehumidifier

If you notice high moisture levels in your home, you’ll need to take action to prevent any mold issues. While fans can sometimes be an adequate solution, a dehumidifier is a more effective choice. These appliances remove excessive humidity from the air, so a room stays at an ideal moisture level. All you need to do is empty your dehumidifier when it is full of water.

Bay State Mold Removal: MA’s Premiere Mold Removal Experts

To help prevent mold issues during the fall and winter months, inspect and prepare your house ahead of time. Pay careful attention to the attic and basement and install a humidifier to keep high moisture levels in check. If you suspect or know that your home or business has mold growth, contact us immediately for professional mold removal.

How to Spot Black Mold in your Home

How to Spot Black Mold in your Home

Black mold or the scientific name, stachybotrys atra is a common mold found in homes throughout New England, including Massachusetts. This type of mold can be dangerous and toxic when ingested or inhaled. In this blog, we will teach you how to identify if the black mold is growing in your home. While it isn’t…

Mold to Look Out for This Spring

Mold to Look Out for This Spring

Most people look forward to spring; it means new life, fresh flowers, and putting away all the heavy winter gear back into storage. But for many homeowners, spring means the reawakening of malicious organisms whose only goal, it seems, is to damage or destroy the home. Mold is one of such organisms that can bring…

Fans and How They Improve Air Quality

Fans and How They Improve Air Quality

Having a fan in your home is not only convenient for controlling temperature, but they also help improve the air quality of your home. Having good air quality in your home is important to maintain a safe environment to live and work in. There are ways in which you can simply improve the quality of…

Little Known Effects of Mold

Little Known Effects of Mold

It’s virtually impossible to live your life without some exposure to mold. We’re constantly exposed to mold throughout the day, whether we notice it or not. Unfortunately, some people may be more sensitive to mold and may notice exposure more than others, and when they’re exposed to a large number of spores, they can get…

Mold to Look Out for This Winter

Mold to Look Out for This Winter

We often think of mold as a summer issue, but mold can actually occur any time of year and is fairly common in the damp winter months. This article will cover what mold is, problem areas you might find mold in the winter, and how to stop mold from growing.  What is Mold? Mold is…

A Guide to Eliminating Pantry Pests

A Guide to Eliminating Pantry Pests

We’ve all been there – you pull a bag of flour out of your pantry for a fun new recipe you found, only to see pests crawling around inside. Not only does this ruin your recipe, but it also signals the beginning of a much larger pantry pest issue. Pantry pests are annoying, but luckily,…

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