4 Practices to Prevent Mould Intrusion
Nobody likes the presence of moulds in the exterior walls of their homes or in any other establishment. Aside from the fact that it disrupts the aesthetics of the building, it also poses numerous amounts of problems to the foundation and structural strength of the building, as well as, the other systems depending on it. Moulds must be scraped off at the moment they start to climb the walls. Doing this helps prevent the damage from growing severe, the cost of repair more expensive and the effort spent for this project bigger. So, how exactly can a homeowner prevent this situation? Here are 4 helpful practices you can do to your home:
1. Avoid putting sprinklers near the walls.
If your sprinklers are placed near a wall or a façade of your building, this is no different to spraying your walls with water using a garden hose every day. All in all, you get the same result. Whenever your spray is placed anywhere near a wall, you cannot avoid some of the droplets from reaching the walls. The consistent spraying of the wall will create moisture on the surface of it resulting in wet patches on the opposite face of the wall or, if your luck enough, only on that side of the wall. The reason behind this is that the moisture and water on the wall gets absorbed inside since walls are porous by nature. Often, the moisture could even travel deep into the foundation and weaken your building. Because of the moisture absorbed inside the wall, base boards, dry walls and other internal materials rise up and aid in the growth of moulds.
The only solution for this problem is to have your sprinklers far from any exterior wall. Also, watching out that you do not over spray plants that are against the wall will help greatly. Plumbers suggest that homeowners use drip systems.
2. Constant weeding helps.
What makes this process efficient is that upon removing water from the walls, it does it through a sequence of holes. It is also efficient to place them at the bottom of stucco walls to make the excess moisture evaporate faster. In case you do not know, stucco wall is actually a porous item that traps and absorbs the moisture in order to prevent them from growing into moulds.
If you want to avoid this from happening, make sure that there are no ground-covering vegetation near your property. If it so happens that there is, your options are to get rid of them or keep them under control by constantly weeding or cutting them down.
3. Connect rain gutters to functioning drains.
During the rainy seasons, if your gutters are blocked by dead leaves and other obstructions, rainwater have no other option but to spill from the gutter and run down your exterior wall. This works much like the sprinkler system issue. The huge volume of water running down the walls will have the same result as spraying the walls with water.
The only solution a homeowner has is to make sure that the gutters are working through these steps:
- Gutters should be placed strategically.
- Free gutters from any obstruction to insure steady flow of water.
- Connect the gutters to downspouts.
- Lastly, connect the downspout to a drainage system to redirect the flow of rainwater away from your building.
4. Watch what you plant near the building foundation.
Make sure that the plants you put in your property are not harmful to your plumbing system or do not encourage mould growth. There are species that are fundamentally harmless to the building as well as the system; however, there are also others that although aesthetic, can cause more harm than good to a property. Planter boxes should be placed far from your home building since these can cause the soil to be carried up the wall. As a result, this is a good breeding ground for mould development.