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How to prevent mould in your home this winter season

Winter is coming, which means the increase in condensation and mould can quickly escalate. We found this great article from HGTV, explaining some simple steps to decrease mould in your home this winter.

Anyone involved in the construction, maintenance, selling, insuring or purchasing of a new home (in other words, just about everyone) has probably heard more about the dangers and costs of mould than they care to.

But the fundamental risks associated with the potential of a mould problem remain: mould can lead to rot, compromising the home's durability. And toxic mould varieties can cause health hazards. As insurance companies seek ways to limit their liability, and homeowners become more aware and sensitive to the issue, the builder or renovator is often caught in the crossfire.

The best practice in building a comfortable, durable and safe home is to adopt a mould resistance strategy that includes products, process and job site management.

Here are a few suggestions to get you going:

  • Keep all wood studs dry, and check inventory to make sure it's being stored appropriately.
  • Allow framing to dry before putting up drywall. Mould can begin to grow on wet surfaces within 48 hours, so the home could have a mould issue even before the homeowners move in.
  • Use mould-resistant drywall and paints, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. We know Resene and Dulux do great mould blocker additions to your paint. These are an absolute MUST USE in your wet areas - both on the ceiling and the walls. 
  • Install ventilation fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen. Make sure these are vented to the exterior.
  • Waterproof the home to prevent bulk water intrusion. This means everything from kick-out flashing on the roof to French drains in the foundation.
  • New methods, technologies and products are hitting the market every year, so take advantage of free information from government programs to keep up to date.
  • If the budget allows, we recommend installing an HRV or DVS system. This not only increases the price of your home for re-sale value, but it keeps your home warm and dry. If the budget doesn't allow, open your windows slightly and air your home out daily (even on those freezing winter days, a bit of airflow in your home is essential).
Understanding the best practices in mould resistance will help you reduce the risk of litigation related to mould, contribute to building a superior product, and give homeowners peace of mind. Mould can cause awful health defects too, so book in for a QSPlus Healthy Homes inspection. Paul from QSPlus will come to your home and assess how warm, dry and healthy it is. A Healthy Homes rating also gives buyers and homeowners confidence that a home meets ventilation, insulation, heating and energy efficiency standards. 



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