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How Can I Prevent Mold Growth in My Home?

How Can I Prevent Mold Growth In My Home

Tips On How You Can Prevent Mold Growth.

There are many things you can do to reduce and prevent mold growth in your home. The best way to keep on top of things is through routine maintenance and cleaning. This way, in the event that something does happen, you will be more aware of when it happened, catch it before it gets out of hand, and possibly be able to pinpoint the root cause. Below are some suggestions on how to do this from your basement all the way to your attic.

• Many basements are damp and humid. This is an ideal environment for mold growth. Purchase a dehumidifier. Be sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning it, and remember to empty it daily.
• Add drain gutters to your drain pipes and make sure the water is diverted at least 5’ from the foundation of your home.
• Be sure your clothes dryer is properly vented. The dryer needs to be vented to the outside in order to properly control the amount of humidity in your laundry space.
• Seeing condensation on windows can be a clue of humid conditions in your home. The seal on the window could have been compromised, causing moisture to get inside. Should this be the case, it must be corrected ASAP.
• Examine your walls for wet streaks, spots, or stains. This could be an indication of a hidden leak which can lead to mold growth. Any wet spot should be thoroughly investigated.
• Use a flashlight to inspect underneath your kitchen and bathroom sink for leaky pipes. If you find any signs of leaking water, schedule your plumber to come out ASAP.
• Mold growth in bathrooms is very common. Be sure to turn on the exhaust fan, or open the window every time you shower. Be sure the exhaust fan is properly installed and venting outside your home, not into your attic.
• Keep floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture dry. If something does become wet, try to dry it out within 24 -48 hours. (This is the generally accepted time frame for mold growth after water intrusion.) Discard any furniture items that could not be dried.
• Use your kitchen exhaust fan to remove excess humidity created when cooking and washing dishes. Make sure your fan is properly installed to exhaust outside your home.
• On a low humidity day, open some windows and doors to allow fresh air to flow in.
• Roof leaks will leave stains on the ceilings and occasionally on walls. You may notice a dark spot or paint peeling. Do not simply paint over the stain. Uncover the cause and make the necessary repairs before it gets out of hand.
• Peek in your attic a few times a year just to be sure, even if you do not see any water marks on your ceiling.

Mold can also grow in your furnace and AC coils. Having your air ducts and coils cleaned every 2-3 years is a good idea to prevent any surprises. If you schedule a dryer vent cleaning with DRX at the same time as your air duct cleaning, you’ll also save money! We’ll also include free sanitizer. Call us today at 908.755.2950 for air duct cleaning NJ.

Do I Have To Clean My Hot Water and Furnace Chimney?

Every year around the time the temperatures begin to drop, we all start to think about getting our fireplace, wood stove and furnace chimney inspected and cleaned. There’s more than one chimney that we need to be aware of, though. The truth is, a clogged hot water or furnace chimney can be extremely dangerous. Properly venting any fuel burning appliance is something to take very seriously.

How To Check For Clogs

Do I have To Clean My Hot Water and Furnace Chimney?

Do I Have To Clean My Hot Water and Furnace Chimney? Find Out Below!

If heat is bellowing out from the bottom of the smoke pipe on your hot water heater, it can mean there is a clog in the flue to the roof. If it feels unusually hot, call in your heating professional right away.

Place your hand in front of the burner section of your furnace. The excessive heat felt in this area can also be an indicator of a problem in the chimney. Newer furnaces have updated safety mechanisms that shut down the furnace. However, blocked chimneys in older heaters can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide. This is a deadly gas that is colorless, and odorless. It is very dangerous.

Inspect at the ground level to be sure your chimney caps are intact. Over time, caps can rot and a decent gust of wind can even blow them away. This is an important part of the cooling system in a metal chimney. Additionally, it prevents animals from seeking shelter in its warmth and serves to keep the weather out. A cap on a masonry chimney will also prevent animals and keep the weather out.

If your furnace has a masonry chimney, it should also be checked. Water vapor is a by-product of the combustion of natural gas. This water vapor can saturate the masonry inside the chimney. Over time, the acids in the water can damage the mortar.

It’s a good idea to make checking and cleaning your water and furnace chimney a part of your routine home maintenance procedures. Call DRX Duct Cleaning at 908.755.2950 to set up your inspection and water or chimney cleaning today! And remember, if you suspect a problem with your hot water heater, call your plumber immediately. If you feel there may be an issue with your furnace, contact your HVAC professional. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Keep Your Indoor Air Quality From Becoming a Nightmare

 

Keep Your Indoor Air Quality From Becoming a Nightmare

Keep Your Indoor Air Quality From Becoming A Nightmare With The Help Of DRX Duct!

DRX Duct Cleaning can help improve the indoor air quality of your new home with a full scope air duct cleaning. When purchasing an older home especially, hidden dangers can exist in the vents. In addition to dust, clogged ductwork may contain mold and bacteria that are hazardous to the health of you and your loved ones. It’s always a good idea to have the air ducts cleaned when moving into a new home. This way, you will know that any contaminants left behind by former occupants are gone, and you are breathing healthy, fresh air!

DRX Duct Cleaning has been in business for over 10 years proudly serving the greater NJ area. Our staff has combined over 75 years of experience in the air duct cleaning and HVAC industry. Additionally, not only are we NADCA members, but we guarantee an NADCA certified technician on site at every job, every time, no exceptions! For more information or to schedule an appointment with the most exclusive air duct cleaners in NJ, contact us at 908.755.2950 today.

How To Avoid Buying A House Of Horrors With Helpful Advice From DRX

How To Avoid Buying a House of Horrors with Helpful Advice From DRX

Avoid Purchasing a Home That Has a Lot of Problems By Following Our Advice!

Purchasing a home is a big decision and a major investment. It’s important to put a lot of thought and care into such a heavy decision. While there is no such thing as a perfect home, you’ll want to be sure your dream home isn’t actually a house of horrors before you sign on that dotted line.

When it comes to purchasing a house, many people are more concerned with surface aesthetics, rather than underlying issues. Oddly enough, a lot of people spend more time test driving the car they’re interested in than thoroughly inspecting the home they’re considering purchasing.

Walking through your dream home can be exciting. It can be tempting to start visualizing living in the home before the necessary precautions are taken to make sure it’s right for you. It is vital, however, for all potential homeowners to rely on logic, and not emotion when considering purchasing a home. This means you should not get emotionally attached before the home inspection is complete, and any major issues or red flags are eliminated.

Take our advice to avoid any upset. Once your residential home has passed inspection, and you’ve signed the paperwork, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to be sure you’re walking into a healthy living air environment. That’s where DRX Duct Cleaning, NJ’s most exclusive duct cleaners come in!

When you need affordable and high-quality duct cleaning in New Jersey, call the professionals at DRX Duct today at 908.755.2950 to schedule an appointment for fantastic duct cleaning for your home or business.