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6 Tips to Prevent Mold in the Home

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Mold is great for the environment. It decomposes organic matter and improves soil fertility. But indoors, mold does more bad than good. If left to thrive within the home, it can cause severe respiratory problems and ruin a home’s aesthetics. Luckily, you can keep mold at bay. Here are tips to inhibit mold growth in the home.

Repair Leaks

Mold flourishes in damp areas. Often, leaky faucets, pipes, and roofs can cause dampness in areas that should be dry. Inspect these places for leaks and fix any leaks you encounter to prevent mold growth.

Open Curtains and Blinds

Besides flourishing in damp areas, mold also thrives in the dark. Opening the curtains and blinds in your home can inhibit mold growth. Opening curtains and blinds can also allow heat to enter your home and reduce moisture which also helps mold to thrive.

Fix Roof Gutters

When there’s a heavy downpour, gutters help to divert water away from your home and channel it to appropriate areas outside your home. If your gutters are damaged, they won’t channel water away from your home. This could result in water infiltrating your home and providing favorable conditions for mold growth. Thus, if your gutters are damaged, ensure you fix them to keep mold at bay.

Hang Damp Clothes Outdoors

Hanging damp clothes indoors can result in elevated humidity levels within the home and provide perfect conditions for mold to grow within the home or even on the clothes. Thus, if you usually line dry your clothes, ensure you don’t bring any damp clothes indoors until they’re dry. Additionally, don’t let your clothes stay in the washing machine for too long after doing your laundry. Instead, hang them out immediately or put them inside the drier after doing your laundry to prevent mold growth.

Improve Indoor Air Flow

Mold also thrives in homes with poor air circulation. Ensure you open your windows to promote proper airflow within your home. Additionally, open doors between rooms to keep air circulating throughout the home.

Monitor Humidity Levels

Humidity within the home can rise to high levels if left unchecked. As a rule of thumb, the humidity levels in your home shouldn’t exceed 50% throughout the day. Prevent humidity levels in your home from rising above 50% by using a humidity meter to monitor your home’s humidity.

Conclusion

Use these tips to prevent mold growth in your home, and call the mold remediation experts at RCS in Santa Rosa at 707-570-0555 if you need help eliminating mold in your home.

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Wildfire Embers and the Danger They Pose to Your Home

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Wildfires are a serious and increasingly prominent threat to rural property around Sonoma County. Depending on where you live, you may be at an increased risk of wildfire damage and should be as proactive as possible in preparing for the possibility of a wildfire impacting you and your loved ones. Roughly 90% of homes damaged by wildfires are damaged because of embers that drift through the air onto or into the home. Embers that land onto your roof can start a fire in the attic that spreads quickly to other parts of the house. Embers that drift in through an open window can land on fabric or other easily ignitable materials, quickly leading to an internal housefire. The National Interagency Fire Center publishes year-over-year data on the number and extent of wildfires in the United States. In 2021 alone there were nearly 59,000 wild fires affecting more than 7.1 million acres. California is far and away the state most at risk for damage to property and loss of life due to wildfires. Interestingly though, the overall number of wildfires is actually consistently higher in the East. The extent to which fires grow and spread is much greater in the West, despite there being far fewer overall numbers of fires. Its difficult to predict where the next wildfire will strike. It is possible to determine which areas are more susceptible to wild fire damage and spread, but whether one ever starts is something that cannot be foreseen. Because of this, it’s better to instead focus on defending yourself from the possibility – especially if you live in a high risk area, or a state with a high number of wild fires each year. Embers are the biggest enemy when it comes to defending your home and property against wild fire damage. Vulcan vents acts as your first line of defense against embers from wildfires or any other event that might threaten the safety of your home. The vents are specifically designed to provide air flow capabilities to attics and crawl spaces. They do so with a patented design that prevents dangerous embers from moving through while allowing air to pass through unimpeded. They have different designs for different openings and applications. Contact Restoration Certified Specialists today to get an estimate on installing a Vulcan Vent on your property, and protecting your home and loved ones from dangerous wildfire embers.

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