home mold prevention

Chimney repair is an important part of home maintenance, but most people do not realize just how many benefits come from this service. Did you know that chimney repair can be used for home mold prevention? It’s true – by fixing and sealing your chimney on a regular basis, you can protect your family from extensive health problems associated with mold spores. Let’s take a look at how your chimney affects mold development in your home so you can see the true value of fast-acting brick-and-mortar repairs.

Dangers Of Mold Spores

Mold growth can lead to a slew of health problems, including:

  • Nasal Stuffiness.
  • Wheezing.
  • Difficulty Breathing.
  • Skin Irritation.
  • Eye Irritation.
  • Fungal Infection Of The Lungs.
  • Other Respiratory Symptoms.

People with asthma, COPD, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and similar respiratory conditions are more likely to react poorly to mold spores, but even people without these conditions can be sensitive to mold. Rather than figuring out which group you fall into, you might as well do all you can to prevent mold from forming in your home.

How Chimney Repair Contributes To Home Mold Prevention

Mold spores develop in areas of high moisture because mold needs water to grow. When excessive moisture is available, the mold has more to feed on and it grows even faster than normal. Cracks in your chimney’s bricks and mortar can let in rain and moisture from your home’s exterior, which could lead to mold in the future. Simple processes like tuckpointing and brick sealing can drastically reduce the amount of moisture that leaks in through your chimney, which will in turn stop mold development. 

Note also that brick structures like chimneys are susceptible to water damage because of their porous nature. Excessive moisture can lead to a host of structural problems in your home. In fact, water-damaged chimneys may be too dangerous to operate safely. And finding mold in a basement or crawl space could indicate even bigger structural issues. In short, never ignore the presence of mold in or around your home!

Warning Signs Of Mold To Watch For

If you are worried about mold forming in your home, watch for these signs of mold spores so you can get assistance right away:

  • Visible Mold Spores, Typically Black Spots And Speckles On Walls, Ceilings, And Floors.
  • Trouble Breathing In Your Home, Particularly In Cooking Areas and Bathrooms.
  • Musky Smells And High Humidity Levels.
  • Strong Asthmatic Reactions.

As with most home-maintenance issues, the sooner you identify and act to address mold spores in your home, the better off you’ll be. So save yourself time, money, and stress by making regular chimney maintenance a priority!

Contact Us

The best way to control mold is to prevent it from ever forming. Get a chimney inspection from Brickworks Property Restoration right away to check for problematic leaks before they ever turn dangerous. We can repair your chimney and keep your home well-insulated for years to come. With the right home maintenance over time, you may never have to worry about mold development inside your house. Contact our team here at (586) 330-4843 to learn more!