Pre­vent­ing mould growth

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

To pre­vent mould growth in the base­ment keep floors and walls dry and well in­su­lated. Per­sons suf­fer­ing from al­ler­gies, res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, or cold symp­toms could be feel­ing the ef­fects of mould growth in their home. Re­mov­ing mould im­me­di­ately is im­por­tant, as is tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive steps to keep homes free of health haz­ards. Mould growth is of­ten a re­sult of wa­ter dam­age and mois­ture in­fil­tra­tion. While any home can have trou­ble with mould, new homes are sur­pris­ingly more sus­cep­ti­ble be­cause of their air­tight de­sign. Mould can be found in warm and moist ar­eas of the home. The base­ment is an easy tar­get.

To pre­vent mould growth in leak-free base­ments, con­sider in­su­lat­ing base­ment walls with batt in­su­la­tion or ex­truded poly­styrene in­su­la­tion. Both help re­duce mois­ture and mould growth – and in­crease your homeʼs en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

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