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Summer Tips to Prevent Mold

Summer weather came in like a bang this memorial day weekend. With it came humidity and of course we had a few thunderstorms throughout some of the tri-state areas. These storms left a lot of standing water in some places, and many homeowners are starting to notice some leaks in the basement, around windows or in attics. This is one way that moisture gets into your home putting you at risk for mold growth. Mold can infiltrate carpet, furniture, drywall, and flooring, there is no limit to where it can grow! In some cases, the mold is behind the walls or under the floorboards and homeowners may not immediately see the problem. Controlling moisture levels and leaking issues in your home is the key to prevent mold in these cases. Read more

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HNST Mold Inspections- We’re more than Mold Inspection

There is more to the Mold Inspectors job that meets the eye. Many think of mold inspection as a process that they need to go through because they’ve discovered a mold issue. Most of these times, mold inspection seems more like an emergency than doing a regular home maintenance task. Prevention can be KEY in a mold situation, so its time to flip the thinking and look at mold inspection in a different light.  Read more

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Preventing Mold in your Attic

Preventing mold growth and proliferation in your attic is a simple task if the proper time and effort is put into the process. There are two different things that you should check to ensure that your attic is as protected as it can be.

Roof: Check your roof for leaks; some are easy to spot with marked discoloration of the insulation and warping accompanied by discoloration of wood.  Any place that two materials meet such as roof valleys, skylights, chimneys, windows etc. are all susceptible to leaking if not properly joined or sealed. Check around the perimeter of each in your attic and look for signs of leaking. If you find any leaks, take immediate action to handle the situation.

Ventilation: Poor ventilation can cause a moisture problem especially due to two of the most common culprits: improper vapor barrier installation and insulation covering vents. As moisture travels up to the attic from normal everyday activities of cooking and taking showers, it needs to be able to escape. Proper ventilation allows the moisture to escape quickly and not settle in the attic.

Taking the time to do a thorough check of your attics roof and vents is definitely worth it in the long run. If you don’t feel comfortable checking the attic, or find signs of mold growth that you’re not sure how to handle, contact an expert. The sooner that you handle moisture issues or combat existing mold issues the better!