Mold growth in your house may cause health problems for you and your family. What can you do to prevent mold in your house?
Mold refers to furry or woolly growth of fungi, which is usually noticeable on damp surfaces. This growth is 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 furry growth to thrive in 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
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 ideally 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 conditioner off for a prolonged time during the summer months, so you should avoid doing this at all costs. 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 to get professional help in checking for 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 carry out costly repairs.
Taking Further Actions
If you suspect there is mold in your home, you should waste no time in informing your HVAC contractor. If your property is still somewhat 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. If you suspect that your HVAC system is not controlling moisture and is promoting mold growth, call Engineered Solutions at (314) 394-0802.
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