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Property Drainage, Mold And Your Home

Is your drainage system showing signs of mold infestation? Perhaps you should consider these tips for drainage improvement.

While mold has benefits including penicillin production, it can be harmful when it grows undetected in your home. Moisture management around and in your residence is a significant aspect of homeowner maintenance.

In order to maintain your home’s structural integrity, decrease maintenance issues, and improve your home’s value and durability as well as decrease the likelihood of mold development, you must understand your home’s drainage system.

Bear in mind that poor drainage could result in issues such as structural damage. Nevertheless, these tips will help improve your drainage system.

Areas in Your Property that Could Lead to Mold

Gutters

When blockage occurs in downspouts and rain gutters, this prevents water from flowing away from your building and the roof line. Clogged and slow-draining gutters can force water to the sides of a building, resulting in the formation of puddles against the exterior walls of your property.

Roof areas that lack proper sealing may permit water seepage through the roofing material into your walls and attic. Once the interior walls and attic get wet, the likelihood of mold growth increases.

Although we think of walls as barriers to the external environment, water could soak through and reach the wall cavity. Ensure you clean your gutters regularly and inspect them for damage.

Crawlspace

Excess humidity or standing water in a crawlspace can be a major source of moisture, encouraging mold development. You should inspect this area periodically for plumbing leaks, condensation, standing water, proper functioning of mechanical equipment, and musty odors.

It’s imperative you seek professional help if you discover mold or wet surfaces. Humidity control in crawlspaces is also very crucial. Never cover a duct or vent that ventilates a crawlspace.

Moisture in this area can yield more issues than just mold. It could also lead to structural damage, possible air quality issues, as well as the presence of unwanted pests.

Crawlspace moisture eventually increases moisture levels throughout your home and could extend to roof spaces and attics. Bear in mind that the extent of the issue depends on the amount of moisture present and the frequency of the moisture.

Drainpipes

If you inhale a bad odor from your shower or kitchen, it’s a clear indication that mold is certainly developing in your drainpipe. Food remnants disposed at drainpipes end up developing mold, which is unhealthy and produces an unpleasant odor.

Ensure you implement appropriate measures before damage occurs. If you discover that the situation isn’t that serious, you can apply certain home remedies. For instance, you can refresh your drainpipe with baking soda, vinegar, or hot water.

You should however, avoid using hot water if the drainpipes are plastic-made. Ensure you perform periodic cleaning using the suitable anti-fungal solutions to decrease the likelihood of mold growth.

Basement

Numerous sources of moisture exist in the basement, and any water issue typically takes a lengthy period to dry. This is because this area is frequently humid, gets little ventilation, and no sunlight.

Furthermore, once mold develops, it will probably remain unnoticed for a lengthy period since you don’t spend much time in this area. You’ll also notice that you rarely clean this area, resulting in the accumulation of dirt and dust.

Tips to Improve Your Home’s Drainage

Maintain and Install roof gutters

Debris-free gutters typically direct water away from your home’s foundation and towards downspouts. Downspout extensions or underground drain lines improve this drainage.

Adequate grading away from your home

Although numerous housing codes have less strict requirements, the ground must slope away from your foundation at a 10% grade for a distance of 8-12 ft.

Install soil or trench strip drains

Where a steep slope exists toward the foundation, strip or trench drains cut between the foundation and slope, directing water away. Bear in mind that these drains need regular maintenance.

If you’re constantly experiencing mold issues in your drainage, implement these tips for efficiency.

Are you struggling to eliminate household mold? Kindly contact us for a solution:

(416) 414-5690

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