3 Ways To Help Protect Your Home Against Mold And Mildew

Mold and mildew aren't just unsightly--when allowed to persist in your home, they can lead to health issues from allergies and asthma to fungal infections. Unfortunately, eliminating mold can often seem like an impossible task. If you are looking for some fresh strategies for controlling mold in your home, read on. This article will present three helpful tips.

Seal your bathroom's grout.

Tile is a wonderful way to add both aesthetic and financial value to your home. That said, tile can also turn into a real nightmare where mold and mildew are concerned. That's because the grout that holds the tiles in place is a highly porous substance, which will naturally soak up water--thus providing the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of nasty things.

Luckily, that's where grout sealer comes in. This essential fluid effectively locks up all of the pores where water would otherwise accumulate. Even better, applying grout sealer to your tiles takes little more than a sponge. For maximum benefit, be sure to refresh your grout sealer every year.

Learn to recognize the difference between mold and dirt.

Mold is a sneaky organism, one that can easily masquerade as dirt. Fortunately, there's an easy test that will allow you to distinguish between the two. All you have to do is prepare a solution of diluted bleach, then use a cotton swab to apply a small amount to the ambiguous stain.

If the spot immediately becomes lighter, chances are it is mold. Similarly, if the spot reappears within the next week or two, this is an indication that you're dealing with mold, not dirt. Now all you've got to do is determine what's causing the moisture that is allowing the mold to proliferation. 

Eliminate recurring mold from the outside in.

Mold that you find growing on either a ceiling or an exterior wall is likely caused by water leaking in from the outside. To truly eliminate it, you'll need to locate the contributing issue. Start by taking a measurement from the patch of mold to the nearest reference point--for instance, a door or window.

Now head outside and measure the same distance to find the corresponding spot on the roof or wall. Look for any signs of rot. Give a thorough inspection to any nearby fixtures, such as vents, window wells, or rooftop flashing. Water often manages to penetrate under the edges of such fixtures.

Finally, if the spot is at or below ground level, you'll want to consider certain aspects of your yard. Is the dirt sloping in toward or away from the house? Is the ground around the foundation especially wet and/or muddy? If so, you may want to think about having your yard landscaped to prevent excess water from accumulating. Contact a mold remediation company like Big Mountain Insulators Inc for more information.