Mould spores are constantly floating in the air around us so building a mould-free home is impossible. However, there are lots of measures you can implement in the designing and building process to keep it at bay.

ICE Cleaning’s mould specialists can remove all the mould from your property, including airborne mould. Its technicians have been accredited by Dewpoint Professional and are available nationwide, day and night, 365 days a year to provide ICE Cleaning’s mould cleaning services.

Keep reading to learn how to design a mould-resistant home.

Avoid water traps, such as horizontal valleys

When two slopes meet, the moisture load can be so severe that it causes moisture problems inside the property.

It is recommended that you design your home so the roof runoff is always carried off in gutters and downspouts. You should also use crickets and saddles to divert water away from water traps.

Make sure there is sufficient overhang

Properties with no overhang are vulnerable to water dripping down the siding and then entering the wall. The size of the overhang you should have will depend on the climate you live in. If you live in a wet, extreme climate, for example, an overhang of between 18 and 24 inches is recommended.

Mould Prevention

Don’t install too many roof or wall penetrations

Plumbing vents, chimneys, exhaust hoods, and other plumbing or electrical penetrations can let water in if they are not correctly flashed. Reducing the number of penetrations can lower the chances of leaks.

There are lots of ways to do this, such as putting the chimney on the gable end, or putting exhaust vents through the wall, not the roof.

Use mould-resistant building materials

There are many materials that resist water damage, one of the leading causes of mould growth. Mould-resistant drywall, for example, is made of fibreglass. Some materials can also be treated with anti-mould chemicals that inhibit mould growth.

Waterproof materials, such as waterproof concrete for the floor and foundation, can prevent the accumulation of moisture in a property, too.

Make sure water-supply lines and pipes are well insulated

This will prevent leaks and cracks in the winter which can lead to flooding and damp, and in turn, serious mould problems.

Don’t install carpeting throughout the property

Avoid using it in high-humidity rooms like the bathroom and kitchen. Mould can thrive in carpets due to their deep fibres and the presence of dust, dirt, and other food sources. It can spread very quickly and rapidly result in a major mould issue.

Should mould start to grow in your home, bring in mould experts. They will have the training and tools required to eradicate the mould growing in your home, including mould growing in the air.

ICE Cleaning’s technicians will follow a nine-stage process to tackle your mould problem and can advise on how best to prevent it in the future.

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