Keep Mold From Developing In Your New Home

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Keep Mold From Developing In Your New Home


When a new home is purchased or built, there are many things that can be done to make certain it provides a healthy environment. Mold prevention is considered a top priority with homeowners. Mold is considered a contaminant that is harmful to a person’s respiratory system. Toxic spores breathed in for an extended period of time can be fatal. There are certain things a homeowner can do to prevent mold from developing in their house.


Exhaust Fan
The moisture levels in a home can be significantly reduced when an effective exhaust fan is used in the bathroom. It should be running before and after a shower is used. A bathroom is a moist place where mold can easily develop. Exhaust fans are designed to decrease amounts of bathroom moisture.
Plumbing
It is important to make certain that a home’s plumbing does not have any leaks. Preventing seepage can stop the growth of mold. When a home’s plumbing is free of leaks, mold will not be able to develop. 
Dehumidifier
Installation of a proper dehumidifier for the size of the house to control the moisture levels is imperative. An old home or a new one can benefit from having a dehumidifier. They can be attached to a home’s furnace and treat all the air in a house. It can also be connected to a drain, so its tank will not need to be emptied by hand. If the house is in a location that is extremely humid, a whole-house system could be a homeowner’s best option. (Read More Here)
Foundation
When a home is being built, the ground should be sloped away from the home’s foundation. This will prevent water from getting into or collecting around the foundation. When water is not able to collect in a foundation, the development of mold can be avoided.
Proper Drainage
Proper drainage systems on the inside and outside of the home. We highly recommend the installation of “dimple board” to the outside foundation walls prior to back-filling of the foundation. This provides a water-proof barrier of those outer walls. A French drain system on the inside and outside around the foundation’s perimeter is also very important.
Appliances
It is important for homeowner’s to vent their appliances that produce moisture. This includes stoves, clothes drivers, certain types of heaters and more. The vents need to be regularly checked for mold and cleaned. Also, keep an eye on your refrigerator if it has an ice maker. They can leak and cause issues in the floor boards and wall behind the unit if left undetected.
Monitor Humidity
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises people maintain a humidity level in their home between 30 and 60 percent. Moisture in a home can be measured by using a moisture meter. This is something that can be purchased at a local hardware store. A sign of excessive humidity is condensation on walls, pipes and windows. A moisture meter will help the homeowner know there is a problem. They can then locate it, and correct any issues.
Air Flow
An important way to help mold prevention is by having good air flow inside a house. When a home has good air flow, it will stop excess moisture from forming on walls, windows and more. A homeowner can improve airflow by keeping doors open between rooms and keeping closets slightly open.
Proper Gutters
Calculate the amount of roof square footage you have to determine the correct size gutter and down spouts for your house. Don’t rely on the builder for this. Have a professional gutter company review the plans of the home to determine the correct sizes you need. A minimum of six foot extensions for your down spouts is recommended.
Mold Proof Coatings
Apply mold-proof coatings on potential surfaces for mold growth (i.e.: plywood and supports, framing, basement block walls). Area must be dry and no moisture issue present for this to be effective.
Insulation and Ventilation
Ensure your builder or contractor is following all insulation and ventilation codes for your area. Call your local town code enforcement office for this information.
Polished Concrete
This is a flooring that has been treated with a chemical densifier. It inhibits mold growth. Polished concrete also decreases the chance for allergen and dust mite issues to develop.
Floor Preparation
Floor preparation for mold prevention can be accomplished by treating it with a Borax solution. Other floor preparation will require keeping flooring and subflooring free of moisture. Once mold is detected carpets and other items must be removed immediately. You may want to have a professional do this for you so that there is no cross-contamination.

Doing these preventive measures can save you a lot of money and potential health issues, not to mention headaches in resolving unnecessary problems with your brand new home. Your best interests for you and your family should always be the top priority.

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Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Front Load Washer

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Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Front Load Washer

Do you own a front-load washing machine?  There are advantages to purchasing front-loading washing machines over top-loading. Despite costing more, front-loaders are known for their energy efficiency and lower water usage. It also does a great job at getting your clothes clean and is gentle on your clothing.VOC gases are released by mold spores, even if they are in your washing machine. This could be cause issues for those in your home that are susceptible to allergens and toxic particles, such as the elderly, young children and immunocompromised individuals.

Does your washing machine have an unpleasant odor or do your clothes come out smelling worse than before you washed them? This is a common problem for people who own front- load washers. That mildew odor comes from mold growing inside your machine caused by residue and bacteria. However, due to their design, older front-loading machines can be great breeding places for mold and mildew, which causes your clothes to smell like dirty dishrags or sweaty gym socks.
Here are some tips to follow that will help eliminate the cause and remove the smell.
1.       Leave your washer open to allow it to dry out. This may seem like a very basic tip, however it can make a world of difference. Front load washers are sealed tightly, there is no way for the inside of the washer and the door gasket to dry out completely when the door is shut. After you finish your wash for the day, make sure to always leave the door open to allow the washer to dry and air out. This will help to prevent mold from growing inside.
2.       Transfer laundry over in a timely manner. Do not leave a load of wet laundry sitting in a front load washing machine. If you cannot immediately get in the dryer, go ahead and move it to a laundry basket. You do not want to create conditions where mold can grow.
3.       Use the recommended amount of HE laundry detergent. It is very important that you only use HE (high efficiency) laundry detergent in your front-load washer. Using non-HE detergent will cause suds and suds leave behind residue inside your machine. Using more detergent than recommended will also leave behind residue. Liquid fabric softener is another source of residue build up. Using softener sheets in the dryer instead is a great way to fight this problem.
4.       Use a hot water wash for your last load of the day. Washing in cold water saves money & energy but cold water does not kill bacteria and leaves behind more residue than hot water washes. Run your last load of the day, even if it’s an empty load, on the hot water wash setting. To be sure the bacteria in your machine is gone, once a month you should run 1 cup of borax per gallon capacity through your empty washer on a normal cycle with hot water.
5.       Clean out your drain pump regularly. Most front load washers have an accessible drain pump with a filter or trap inside. Lint, hair, coins and just about anything can end up there. By not allowing debris to build up inside your pump, you will eliminate one of the major contributors to mildew odor. If your washing machine has a filter/trap inside the pump, your owner’s manual will explain this procedure.
6.       Clean your washer once a month. To clean your front-load washer, pour 2 cups of distilled vinegar into the detergent dispenser and run your washer on the clean or normal cycle using hot water. When finished, clean the inside tub, rubber boot seal, detergent dispenser and inner door with a clean rag and a solution of half distilled vinegar and half hot water. Repeat this step using a new clean rag and hot water only. Run your washer a second time on the same cycle with hot water only. When finished, leave the door open for several hours to air it out. There are several products on the market for cleaning your machine that can be used instead of vinegar.
Following these suggestions can prevent mold from ever starting in new front load washers and will fight existing mold in smelly front-load washers. No matter what type of washing machine you have, the two best tips I can give you are always empty everything out of pockets before loading into the tub and never overload your machine. 

Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com