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Featured Tips: Guaranteed Ways to Prevent Mold and Mildew

You’ve worked hard to create the home of your dreams. From new construction builds to renovations, those walls hold stories and hope for the future. So, how can you ensure they last? Prevent mold and mildew!

Mold and mildew are common problems in homes. The two words are often used interchangeably, but there are some differences. First, mildew generally appears as patches of gray or white fuzz on the surface of objects, like walls, ceilings and windowsills. Mildew is a surface-level problem usually addressed by cleaning the area or scrubbing it with a brush. Mold, on the other hand, comes in various colors ranging from black to green to orange! Mold often occurs because of a more significant problem, like water damage inside walls or ceilings. 

Why are mold and mildew so problematic? They can affect your health in numerous ways, causing wheezing, coughing, sneezing and stuffy noses. They’re especially dangerous for people with sensitivities or allergies to mold. Those people can experience red and itchy eyes, itchy skin and even asthma attacks! Over time, mold and mildew can lead to holes in your walls and ceiling. That’s why preventing mold and mildew in your home is crucial. But what can you do to keep nasty fungi out of your drywall? Learn proven tips for preventing mold and mildew from Bill’s Drywall experts. 

5 Proven Ways You Can Prevent Mold and Mildew

Choose mold-inhibiting paints. When choosing paint for your home’s interior, choose paints with mold inhibitors. Primers and sealants often have mold inhibitors to help you prevent mold and mildew in your home. Talk to Bill’s Drywall when choosing paints to get expert input!

Remove soaked carpets and upholstery. After a flood or accident, remove any soaked furniture, carpet or rugs from your home. Even if you dry upholstery on the surface, the interior stays damp much longer, creating the perfect environment for mold. If your home floods, quickly remove any furniture or upholstery and use industrial fans to dry the space rapidly. 

Keep humidity levels below 50%. Humidity helps mold and mildew grow. Keep your home’s humidity below 50% to prevent it. Consider closing windows when humidity is high outside and use exhaust fans to remove excess humidity in your bathrooms. Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture if your home’s humidity is high. 

Fix leaks quickly. Plumbing leaks in your bathroom or kitchen – or elsewhere in your plumbing system – pose a considerable risk for mold growth. Repair leaks quickly. If water damage has already occurred, get drywall repairs, too. To detect a leak, watch for:

  • Puddles under or near pipes and faucets
  • Discoloration on the walls and ceilings
  • Changes in wall or ceiling texture
  • Musty smells
  • Unexplained dripping sounds

Use mold-killing products when cleaning. Some areas of your home are more water-exposed than others, like your bathroom or kitchen. Opt for bleach-based cleaning products or products that kill mold and mildew spores. Carefully inspect windowsills and corners in high-humidity environments, like bathrooms and saunas. 

Contact the Drywall Experts for Professional Input

It’s possible to prevent mold and mildew in your home. Preventing them will help you keep your family safe and healthy! For expert guidance on drywall installation, repairs and renovations, schedule your consultation with Bill’s Drywall experts today. 

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