Mold Invasion In Your Gutters?
- on April 22, 2021
- Categories: Hallett Gutter Cover
Routine maintenance on your gutters is essential to make sure that they perform properly. Aside from removing the usual things you may find in your gutters such as leaves, sticks, the inevitable tennis ball, you may also find that there are molds and spores. This can be a safety concern and should be taken seriously.
Molds grow almost anywhere as long as it's somewhere warm, damp and humid. The molds multiply through spores and are spread by insects, air and water. Aside from gutters, other perfect breeding grounds for spores include the kitchen sink, pipes and any damp place in your home.
Trees and plants positioned close to the home block the sun, which can create the perfect location for mold. Moisture stays in the gutter along with the debris which becomes and instant breeding ground for mold. If you're not cleaning your gutters regularly you can most likely expect to see molds growing in them. The longer the debris is allowed to sit in clogged gutters the worse your mold issue could get.
Exposure to mold can be hazardous to one’s health. Molds are notorious for being a link to various health issues which may include allergic reactions, chronic cough that can lead to difficulty in breathing, and skin irritations. That’s just to name a few! How can one spot the molds inside and outside the house? The greenish tint on your exterior walls is an indicator that they may exist inside your home. If you suspect that you have mold in or outside of your home you should act on it. Mold should be removed if at all possible.
As easy as it is for mold to grow and spread, it is just as easy to prevent it from happening. It simply starts with regular gutter cleaning and maintenance. Installing gutter covers is another solution that can drastically reduce chances of mold issues. Even if you do decide to install gutter covers it is still recommended that yearly maintenance is performed on your gutters. If you already have mold that is starting to grow it is recommended that you use liquid bleach and a scrub brush to scrape it off. It is also beneficial to apply a sealant to painted gutters.
Lastly, you may consider painting your house with mildew-resistant paint. Taking these measures will not only keep your gutter system safe, but it will also help to protect and extend the life of your house. Not to mention it will ensure the health and safety of those who live in it! We're always available, at Hallett Gutter Cover, if you have any questions. 1-800-327-5059