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June 22, 2015 16:02 ET

Mold.ca Offers Mold Prevention Tips to Keep Home Safe and Healthy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - Mold is a natural part of our environment. Invisible to the naked eye, mold spores float freely through the air everywhere; outside and inside buildings. When a spore lands on a moist surface, it replicates, and mold begins to grow. Outdoors, molds play a vital role in breaking down organic matter, like dead trees and fallen leaves. Indoors, mold growth can be harmful and should be avoided at all costs. According to Gregg Dalrymple, owner of Mold.ca (www.mold.ca), a GTA mold inspection and removal company, many homeowners discover that they have a mold problem during spring cleaning, or after a home inspection is done as a condition of their home being sold. "With a little bit of knowledge and investing a little time in regular preventative maintenance, homeowners can usually stop mold from taking hold and becoming a major issue. We want to help people keep their homes safe and healthy," says Dalrymple.

Here are a few simple mold prevention tips to help identify the common causes of household mold. During annual spring cleaning and other regular home maintenance schedules are an ideal time for a homeowner to inspect their home for mold, moisture, and potential mold breeding grounds.

  • The Roof and Attic: Look at the roof to see if the shingles are intact and that there are no signs of curling or peeling. The flashing around chimneys and roof vents should also be intact. If climbing a ladder up the roof isn't feasible, use binoculars to get a closer look. With a flashlight, inspect the attic for water staining, or any signs of water damage. Look for the tell-tale signs of mice, bats, birds or other critters that may have found their way into the attic. Make sure the insulation is adequate and that it hasn't been disturbed. See that all venting is in good working order and is unobstructed. Keeping your roof in good repair and your attic dry will go a long way in the prevention of damaging mold from forming.
  • Eaves Troughs and Downspouts: Inspect eaves troughs and downspouts to ensure that they are working properly. Make sure the troughs are securely fastened and that the downspout is connected. The downspout should lead water away from the home, preventing it from accumulating around the foundation. Look for signs of winter ice damning damage. Regularly clean eaves troughs of debris to keep water from accumulating.
  • Foundation and Exterior Drains: Exterior drains should be cleared of debris to allow easy drainage and prevent water from pooling. Spring is the perfect time to check the foundation for cracks or crumbling concrete. Any cracks, holes or openings that could allow water into the home should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent moisture from getting in and causing mold to grow.
  • Storage Areas and Crawl Spaces: Next to water issues, the lack of adequate ventilation is another common cause of excessive mold growth. Often homeowners pack closets, storage areas and crawl spaces full, with little space for fresh air to flow. De-cluttering these small spaces and allowing air to circulate will help prevent mold growth and keep items stored mold free.

"Mold in the home is bad news. It's known to cause health problems, such as allergic reactions, infections, and toxic effects. Its presence can even stop the sale of a home. Taking the time to perform these few simple steps can significantly reduce the odds of mold becoming a serious problem. But, should you discover that your home has extensive mold, it is best to call in a professional mold inspection right away before the situation escalates," advises Dalrymple.

About Mold.ca: Certified mold experts in the GTA, Mold.ca specializes in mold inspection and mold removal. Offering a complete range of moisture and mold remediation services, Mold.ca also offers interior demolition and renovations, and fire and flood damage repair. Using the latest technology, the highly trained inspectors of Mold.ca perform comprehensive mold and moisture inspections, testing air quality, and obtaining samples for laboratory analysis. After a thorough investigation, they provide an honest assessment of the mold problem, the underlying reasons behind the mold growth and advice on how to prevent mold issues in the future. For fast, efficient and complete mold and moisture remediation and inspection services for your home or business, call Mold.ca at 416-504-0333, or visit www.mold.ca.

Contact Information

  • Gregg Dalrymple, Owner
    Mold.ca
    130 King Street West Suite 1800
    Toronto, ON M5X 1E3
    416. 504.0333
    info@mold.ca / www.mold.ca

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