Mold Removal Athens GA

Home Mold Remediation

You suspected mold all along. Perhaps it was the musty smell. Maybe you or a member of the family was suffering from chronic, allergy-like symptoms. Maybe the mold was already visible.

You’ve had a thorough Indoor Air Quality Assessment and the best recommendation for you is a professional Home Mold Remediation.

We’ll Guide You Through Every Step

We know a mold remediation can be overwhelming, we are here to walk you through it.

Though every home and circumstance is unique, we follow a proven process to not only remove mold contaminants but keep them from returning.

  1. Define The Scope. This begins with an Indoor Air Quality Assessment. We will define the extent of the necessary work and what may or may not need to be done. We’ll talk through all your options and tailor a plan that fits your needs and your budget.
  2. Protect The People. Keeping your family and our crews safe is the first priority. This means preparing your home for the work that needs to be done. We will use methods such as containment walls and negative air to keep your home safe, and we’ll let you know if you can or cannot be in the home during the work.
  3. Remove The Mold. We will start by removing and discarding non-salvageable material. Next, we will clean what can be saved. We always use safe and environmentally friendly products. There is no reason to replace one environmental toxin with a harsh chemical such as bleach.
  4. Correct Moisture. Removing or correcting the source of moisture is a vital part of the remediation process to ensure mold does not return. This may be handled by a contractor outside the scope of the mold remediation. If walls or floors are opened up, now is the time to address plumbing issues and other leaks.
  5. Restoration. If walls or floors were removed during the remediation, the final step will be reinstalling what was taken out.

Will You Have To Gut My Home?

Every effort will be made to remove only the material necessary.

If you only have surface mold, we might be able to clean it without removing anything. However, if mold is inside walls or under floors, we may have to remove the material to clean it properly.

If mold is in your crawlspace it may be necessary to remove insulation in order to clean floor joists and apply an antimicrobial agent.

We’ll contain the work area and pump the air outside, keeping you and your family safe.

This Sounds Expensive!

We understand most people rarely plan for the expense of Home Mold Remediation so we are careful about controlling costs and managing your expectations from the beginning.

With a clear understanding of the problem, we can work with you to create a remediation protocol that fits your needs.

The best place to start is with an Indoor Air Quality Assessment. This step will give you all the information you need to move forward. You will discover exactly how extensive your problem is and what is necessary to solve it.

We’re Here When You Need Us.

Call Branch Environmental. We’re experts not only at mold removal but at determining and remediating the underlying causes. From hidden mold sources to major contaminants, we can identify exactly what is going on in your home and rid it of environmental toxins, often for good.

Is Mold Dangerous?

The short answer is, yes it can be.

While there is much mis-information around the subject, and the term Toxic Black Mold is exaggerated in many cases… mold is still something to take seriously.

Mold growing in your house can cause adverse health effects and lead to chronic illnesses including intense cold and allergy symptoms, headache, serious pulmonary issues and worse.

Some people are more sensitive to the effects of mold than others, but everyone should avoid breathing or touching mold. People who are not necessarily sensitive to mold can become sensitive as a result of prolonged exposure. You don’t have to be allergic to mold to suffer from irritation to the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.

In some cases, mold exposure symptoms go away as soon as mold is removed from the environment. In other cases, mold continues to effect the body long after the source is removed.

The bottom line is that there are hundreds of different varieties of mold and each variety effects each person a little differently. Some effects are minor annoyances, some have serious long-term ramifications.

Where mold crosses the line from annoying to dangerous is going to be a matter of perspective for each person, but it’s safe to say that mold in your home is never a good thing.

Why Is Mold Dangerous?

Molds are dangerous because, depending upon variety, they produce allergens, irritants and potentially toxic substances known as mycotoxins, some of the most dangerous toxic substances in existence.  Exposure to mycotoxins can occur from inhalation, ingestion and skin contact.

Mycotoxins are often associated with Black Mold, a variety that tends to grow on surfaces in homes and buildings that have suffered water damage or elevated humidity and moisture.

However, there are more than 200 mycotoxins from common molds that have been identified, with perhaps hundreds more in existence. The mycotoxins produced by a particular mold depends on a number of environmental factors. In severe cases, exposure to toxic molds can lead to suppression of the immune system, permanent lung damage, memory loss, and more.

How Do I Know If I Have Mold?

Mold is naturally occurring in the air and is virtually everywhere. It cannot survive without moisture, so mold becomes an issue when it is able to attach to moist surfaces, reproduce and thrive.

Areas inside your home that can serve as a hospitable environment include: basements, crawlspaces and cellars; underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks; underneath or behind refrigerators; behind walls (particularly where there is plumbing); around air conditioning units; wallboard or around windows that leak; under carpeting that may have become wet.

Signs of mold range from a musty smell to discoloration of surfaces to impacts upon your health and quality of life. Hidden mold may be harder to identify. Aside from visible clues, you may suspect you have a mold problem because of unexplained health symptoms.

You should be concerned about mold in your home and act to remediate it whether or not the mold is toxic.

We get a lot of calls asking for air sampling. Typically, this request comes because someone suspects they have a mold problem.

We are happy to oblige if air sampling is really what you need. Often it is not.

Humor Me With an Analogy

Imagine that you have a headache. This headache has been going on for a while and you are at your wit’s end, you are ready to try, and spend, anything to get it figured out.

One evening you are browsing Facebook when an ad catches your eye. You discover that a local doctor has created a revolutionary new procedure, a cutting-edge Headache Test.

This is not your family physician treatment here… we are talking state-of-the-art stuff. The appointment takes about an hour and you are hooked up to a fancy machine. It spins and whirrs and measures all your vital information.

In two day’s time, you get a detailed report showing you:

  • That you do, in fact, have a headache
  • Exactly how bad the headache hurts
  • Precisely where the headache is located
  • The specific variety of headache you have

That’s some valuable information, right?! Well… not so much. In some specific circumstances this may be helpful, but generally speaking, you have just received useless information.

You don’t care about details of the headache. You are well aware that you have it.

What you really want to know is WHY you have a headache and WHAT you can do about it.

How Does That Relate To Mold

Much like a headache, mold is just a symptom of the problem.

Sure, mold is bad news and it needs to be taken care of. That said, your real concern is the water that is causing the mold to grow and how that underlying issue can be corrected.

Air sampling does a great job of telling us that:

  • You do, in fact, have mold
  • Exactly how much mold is in your air
  • Where mold spores are concentrated
  • What varieties of mold you have

At first glance, this all sounds great. Let’s unpack each point a little more though.

So You’ve Got Mold

The first thing you will discover from an air sample is that you do, in fact, have mold.

Great.

Since you called us in the first place, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet you already knew that.

Even if you are not certain you do have mold, a professional mold inspector can learn a lot with much less expensive methods. A thorough inspection of your home and mechanical systems will often reveal any problems that exist and a keen eye can discover any visible signs of mold growth.

I Have How Much Mold???

The next thing your air sample report will show you is how many mold spores are in your home.

This can be a misleading number. Mold is a part of our natural environment. You do have mold in your home, and your air samples will show that. Further, there have been no scientific studies or published papers that tell us what an acceptable number of mold spores is.

So this spore count you just received is highly subjective. We can do a few things to help it make sense, such as compare it to samples outside your home and samples in other areas of your home. As you may guess, each of those samples just drives the cost up.

The bottom line is that the number that is unacceptable to you is the number that makes you feel bad. If you have mold-related symptoms, or if there is visible mold growth on the surfaces of your home, we really don’t need to know the spore count in the air.

We just need to get to work discovering and correcting the source of water leading to the mold.

But The Sample Will Show Us Where The Mold Is…

Maybe… and this is one point that could, in fact, be valuable in specific situations.

There are many other methods an experienced inspector can use to find trouble spots, but if they all come up inconclusive air samples can help narrow down the source of a problem.

Air sampling does have the ability to show specific locations in the home where spore counts are higher. This can be helpful in identifying trouble areas when other methods have not worked. It can also be useful in clearing a certain area after renovation or repairs.

Again, for this to be useful, it will have to be used with benchmark samples throughout the home.

Don’t I Need to Know What Type of Mold I Have?

That is really a personal decision. There are many mold varieties and they all impact the body differently. You may be working with a medical professional that would like to use this specific information in your treatment. In that case, air sampling is a great way to get more data.

In most cases, however, all you need to know is that you have the mold variety that is making you sick.

Knowing the specific species or strain will not change our remediation protocol.

Then What Do I Need?

If you see mold in your home, or if you are experiencing symptoms that may be caused by mold, you need a professional mold inspection and air quality assessment.

At Branch Environmental, we start each inspection by gathering your personal history. We sit down and listen to how you and your family have been impacted.

From there, we ask questions about your home. We dig into the renovation and repair history. We try to uncover anything in the past that may be a source of mold.

Next, we head to the structure itself. From the crawlspace to the attic, we explore every nook, cranny, and mechanical system. We’ll start with minimally invasive methods and simple tools such as moisture meters. As we hone in on a problem, we may remove small sections of baseboard or cut exploratory holes in drywall.

These methods will generally tell us all we need to know without the cost burden of air sampling.

Of course, if we feel that air sampling is appropriate in your specific situation, we will discuss that option with you.

If you suspect a mold or air quality issue, don’t wait any longer. You deserve to breath easy in your own home! Give us a call today and we’ll help answer your questions and guide you to the next step to better air.

Summertime is here. School is out, the kids are free… and it’s time to dust off the lawnmower and get to work.

If you are anything like me, the thought of cutting grass sends you into an allergic coma. Fresh cut grass, pollen, and dust give me fits. About half-way through cutting the front yard, uncontrollable sneezing kicks in. By the time I make it to the backyard, my eyes are swollen and itchy. It’s all I can do to finish the job and run to the shower for a little relief.

If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, there is a good chance grass pollen causes you significant irritation and makes the all-American chore almost unbearable. The good news is that there are several products out there that can make your life a little easier.

As environmental contractors, respiratory protection is a big deal to us. We spend a lot of time is masks and suits. Here are 4 of the best masks you can use this season to eliminate allergy irritation while you are cutting the grass.

Level 1 Protection: Particulate Respirator

The good ol’ fashioned dust mask. These masks are designed to protect you from non-harmful particles such as dust and insulation. They are cheap, comfortable, and disposable. They won’t protect you from toxic vapors or harmful chemicals, but they can go a long way to providing some relief while you are cutting the grass.

 

Level 2 Protection: Half-Face Respirator

Stepping it up a little takes us to the half-face mask. This one forms an air-tight seal around your nose and mouth and forces all the air through a set of filters. While the first mask helps to reduce the irritants you breathe, this one will eliminate them all the way. The mask is around $25 and a set of replaceable filters is less than $10. It’s a really great investment into your health and comfort.

It’s important to note that filters will typically need to be purchased separately from the mask.

Level 3 Protection: Full-Face Respirator

While the masks we have looked at so far will help out tremendously with the air you breathe, they won’t do anything for your eyes. A full-face respirator will provide the same respiratory protection as the half-face mask, but extend the seal around your eyes as well. It’s the best of both worlds and really does an excellent job of providing comfort.

This one is my personal choice for grass cutting. It costs a little more than the half-face mask, but completely protects my eyes. Sure, it may look a little goofy… but that’s a small price to pay.

Level 4 Protection: Air-Powered Respirator

If you want to pull out all the stops and get the most comfortable fit available, the air-powered respirator is for you. As far as grass cutting goes, you will get the same level of protection as the full-face mask, but this one will give you an increased level of comfort.

The mask works by pumping air through a filter then into your mask. The result is a nice breeze of fresh air to help keep your face cool. In addition, the forced air will keep irritants out of the mask even if it is not able to fully seal around glasses or beards.

This mask is the most expensive on the list, but if you are serious about comfort and want to cut grass in style, it’s the way to go.

Many people are unaware of the impact their home may be having on their health. If your home has hidden water damage or any issues with humidity or moisture, there is a good chance mold is also present in your environment.

Exposure to mold is known to trigger inflammation, allergies, asthma, stress, fatigue, immune dysfunction and more. Every person reacts to mold differently, and prolonged exposure can build Mycotoxins in your body. As a matter of fact, if any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, checking your home for mold would be a great place to start:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache, light sensitivity
  • Poor memory, difficulty finding words
  • Difficulty concentration
  • Morning stiffness, joint pain
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath, sinus congestion, or chronic cough
  • Appetite swings, body temperature dysregulation
  • Increased urinary frequency or increased thirst
  • Red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, sharp pains
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating
  • Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth
  • Vertigo, feeling lightheaded

So what do you do if you suspect mold is impacting your health? Great question!

The first thing to do is have your home evaluated by a professional. An indoor air quality and mold inspection can reveal hidden spores and environmental toxins you would not be able to find on your own. Your inspector should take time to listen to your story, hear what specific concerns you have, then comb through your entire home including the crawlspace, basement, and attic. They will ask questions about the history of your home to discover if any repairs or remodels may be a source of hidden water damage.

If your mold inspection reveals any issues, then you will address the problem in two parts: 1) Deal with the source of mold in your home, and 2)Develope a treatment plan to eliminate mold from your body.

At Branch Environmental, we believe you should breathe easy when you are in your home. Our team will work to develop a plan that addresses the specific issues you are facing. Once we have eliminated mold from your home, you can work with your healthcare provider to cleanse your body and be back to new!

Recently, I was called to a home in Athens, GA to perform a mold inspection.  The owner had been experiencing headaches and had determined that they were associated with something inside the home. In this case, the assumed cause was mold, hence the mold inspection.  Sometimes mold is the culprit and, if so, is typically easy to find. I always begin with the area of the customer’s greatest concern. If that does not reveal the problem, I will then start looking for anything that is a known irritant and proceed from there.

In this case, I had already noted a few visual and odor-apparent sources. First, the cigarette smoke was extreme, and second, the home was incredibly dusty. With these factors in mind, I began the thorough search in the crawlspace, looking for mold, mammal urine and feces, chemicals, crawlspace odors, or any other possible issues in previous inspections. Next, I walked through every room of the home: looking, smelling and testing for other potential causes of the customer’s discomfort. Still, through the course of this mold inspection I could not detect any other probable sources. I began probing the customer, which further revealed to me that the symptoms went beyond the headaches. There were breathing issues as well.

With this, I concluded that it was time to create a plan that would eliminate the current, identified issues – the cigarette smoke and dust – so that they no longer were a contributor. Then, if still necessary, we could create a course of action that would identify the next step in solving this mystery.

The point being: it seems that most of our mold inspections are for customers that call us with symptoms and automatically assume that mold is the source when, typically, mold has nothing to do with it.

Do you have health issues that you just assume are mold-related? If so, I challenge you to think outside the box. You may be surprised what you find.

Still concerned? Learn more about our mold inspection services, and please contact us for more information.

Mold exposure and mold poisoning can cause many different health issues, and it impacts everyone differently. Some symptoms of mold exposure may be simply a nuisance, and others may be more serious. If you have black mold in the shower, mold in the crawlspace, or you suspect mold is hiding behind your walls… chances are you have an issue that needs to be addressed. Mold is very common to find in homes and it is able to grow anywhere there is moisture.

What Is Black Mold?

Black mold is a variety of mold known as Stachybotrys. While it is typically dark black, it can also present as green or gray. It typically has a distinctive, musty odor. This variety of mold produces a toxin called Mycotoxin, and can lead to a number of symptoms. If you are exposed to mold in your home, you may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Eye Irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Rashes
  • Coughing

When It Comes To Finding Black Mold In Your Home, Here Are The Places To Look:

1) Crawlspace

Crawlspaces are one of the most common areas we find mold, especially here in Georgia. Dirt floors act as a wick and draw ground moisture into the crawlspace. Your house then draws this moist crawlspace air into your living spaces through HVAC systems and unsealed gaps. Most vapor barriers we see are torn and have large holes, rendering them ineffective in keeping out the ground moisture. You can tell if you have mold in your crawlspace by pulling back the insulation in several spots and looking at the floor joists.

While you can clean a molded crawlspace, the problem will return if the humidity level is not corrected. While expensive, the #1 solution is to fully encapsulate and condition the crawlspace. If you need a more economical solution, you can repair your vapor barrier and add a few circulation fans that operate a few hours a day on timers. Anything that will keep the stale air moving will help.

Last, check to be sure water is draining away from your house when it rains, and you do not have any plumbing leaks that are sending water to the crawlspace.

2) Bathrooms

The moisture levels in a bathroom make it an ideal place for black mold to grow. Check your shower heads and curtains. Look inside the cabinets and behind the toilet. If you see mold here, you know that the room is staying a little too moist. The good news about bathrooms is that most issues can be addressed with a good cleaning. Stay away from bleach, and use a dish detergent solution or hydrogen peroxide to clean and kill any visible mold.

Once the mold is clean, figure out how to control moisture in the room. Running the exhaust fan each time you take a show is a simple step that can make a big difference.

3) Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner has two jobs: to control the temperature, and to dry the air. We find time and time again that HVAC systems are not properly drying the air and produce moisture levels high enough to allow mold growth. Start by identifying where your air ducts are located. If they are in the floor, you have a crawlspace system and you should pay extra attention to it.

Start by removing a vent cover and looking inside with a flashlight. Do you see dust and debris? If so, there is a good chance mold is growing here as well. Inspect the vent cover closely and try to identify any mold spores growing on it.

Last, if possible, head down to your crawlspace and look for any ducts that have fallen or come loose. We often find old HVAC ducts with gaps in the crawlspace, allowing that musty air directly into the home.

If you do suspect mold is in your HVAC system, it’s a good idea to call out the pros. Our Indoor Air Quality Assessments include a thorough evaluation of HVAC systems and ductwork to determine if they are drying air properly and if the ducts are in good shape. You can vacuum out the dust and clean vent covers yourself, but a professional duct cleaning will be necessary to clean the entire system.

4) Doors & Windows

Doors and windows are prone to leaks and could be allowing water into your home. These leaks are generally small and slowly let water in over time. If mold is growing inside the wall or under the floor around a door or window, it can be hard to identify without removing material. Look for anything out of the ordinary that may indicate a water leak is going on.

5) Inside Walls & Under Floors

Slow water leaks can go undetected for long periods of time and lead to damage far from the original source. If you have ever had a roof or plumbing leak, there is a possibility mold is growing somewhere inside your home. Finding it takes a thorough investigation and comprehensive evaluation of your home. An experienced mold inspector can put together the clues and often arrive at a conclusion without tearing into the walls.

If you have ever had a water leak, or if you have any reason to suspect mold is hiding in your home, an Indoor Air Quality Inspection is the best way to find it.

Black Mold Prevention

The best way to prevent black mold is by controlling the moisture in your home. If you have a water leak or flooding, correcting the source of the water is essential prior to investing in mold remediation. If your mold issues are in bathrooms or basements, exhaust fans can be effective ways to control humidity.

Keeping the humidity level inside your home down will help you stay on top of any mold issues, especially here in the south. While they are not corrective solutions, dehumidifiers can do a great job of getting control of mold. Running your air conditioner during the warm seasons will help keep the air dry and humidity down as well.

Last, regular cleaning, especially in areas like the bathroom and basement, will help keep mold spores from ever being able to grow in your home.

Mold Symptoms

Do you think you may have mold in your home but don’t really know where to look. Is your family feeling sick? Are you experiencing headaches or allergy like symptoms? These are all mold symptoms and you have reason to be concerned.

This is one of the most common calls we get, and people ask us for the same thing most every time. They want us to test the air for mold.

That sounds like a great idea. Most any home inspector can come by and take air samples for you. Unfortunately, an air sample is not the best way to get to the root of your problem.

How it typically goes

A local home inspector will come by and set out petri dishes in several locations. They will come back and send the samples off to be tested. The samples will come back positive and you will be left with a healthy invoice.

What is the problem with that?

There are a few problems with the above scenario:

  1. Mold naturally occurs in the air and in our environment. Unless you live in an isolation chamber, mold spores are present in the air. The tests will return positive. No need to pay for that answer.
  2. You really don’t want to know if there is mold in your air, that is just what you know to ask about. What you really care about is discovering why you are sick and have mold exposure symptoms.

In addition, the tests that are going to come back positive do not give us nearly enough information. All the air tests tell us is that mold spores are present.

Are they dead? Are they dormant? We don’t know.

So what should I do instead

What you really need is an environmental assessment of what is causing your mold symptoms. That takes someone with the training and experience to identify 1) where mold may be actually growing in your home and 2) if there may in fact be other issues present.

A good environmental inspector should show up to your home with a flashlight in hand and be ready to get their hands dirty. Visual inspection of the surface in your home is the most effective way to identify mold issues.

Moisture is required for mold growth, so your inspector should test the humidity levels and look for signs of water. There may be an unnoticed leak in the walls, or there may simply be areas that have high humidity levels.

Last, your inspector should be looking beyond mold and evaluating other environmental issues. Have there been any recent changes to the environment that may be causing you mold symptoms. Has any work been done to the home recently. Are there new pets in the house.

We found the true source of mold, now what?

If you determine that your mold symptoms are being caused by actual mold growth in your home, you should consult with a professional on the best course of mold remediation. A simple cleaning may be all you need. If mold is in the walls, however, you are probably facing a more extensive project.

You also need to determine what steps are necessary to prevent the mold from coming back. That often boils down to controlling moisture. If your mold issues are in a crawlspace, sealing floor vents is a simple project that will make a big difference.

Wrapping it all up

Mold exposure symptoms caused you to call a home inspector, who said you should take air sample to determine if mold is in you home. You did some research and ran across this article… good for you! Now you know an environmental inspector may be a better route to take.

Skip the air sample, it is inconclusive and will just tell us to do what we should be doing in the first place. Break out the flashlights, get our hands dirty and visually inspect for the environmental elements that have you feeling sick. It may be mold, it may be something else.

Identify the problem, clean it up, and fix the underlying cause. It is a simple process and picking the right professional partner can save you big in the long run.

If you live in a house with a crawl space, there is a good chance the floor vents are not sealed. This is one of those things that can go unnoticed but have a big impact on your indoor environment over time. The good news is that we have an easy fix you can tackle in a weekend!

We are going to lay out exactly what you need to know how to seal floor vents. First, let’s look at why it is important.

If you have spent any amount of time in your crawl space, you know that it is not a pleasant environment. It is musty, the air is humid and unconditioned, and… well, it is dirty. That is the best case scenario. There is also a chance insects, critters and even snakes are finding their way down there.

Thank goodness there is a solid floor between your living room and the crawl space! But wait… that is the problem we are here to talk about. If unsealed, the air vents in your floor can leave open spaces, up to an inch wide, right into the crawl space.

The EPA estimates 40%-60% of your indoor air could be coming from your crawlspace. And let’s not even think about those critters down there!

Convinced? Let’s get started.

Step 1: Inspect your floor vents.

Check to make sure you have a crawl space, and that you have air vents coming up through the floor. If you do, unscrew one of the floor vent covers and set it aside. Look into the vent, right where the ductwork meets the floor. Is there a gap between the metal duct and the floor? Bingo! You have an unsealed vent.

Step 2: Gather your supplies.

You’ll probably need a quick trip to the hardware store, or if you are planning ahead use the Amazon links below:

Step 3: Tape the vents

If the vent cover is not removed, unscrew it and set to the side. Wipe off the inside of the metal duct with a damp rag to remove any dust.

Tear the aluminum tape into pieces long enough to cover each of the 4 sides. You should have 2 short pieces and 2 long pieces.

Carefully remove the back of the tape. Make sure you put it where you want it because you only get one shot.

Place the tape so that it adheres to the top few inches of the metal duct, then wraps over onto your floor by about 1/4 inch. Press into place firmly. Repeat for each side, making sure there are no small gaps left in the corners where the pieces of tape meet.

Step 4: Seal the tape

The tape does a great job sealing, but as the metal expands and contracts with seasons it can begin to come loose. That is where the duct sealer comes in.

Use your putty knife to generously coat the aluminum tape with duct sealer. Make sure the sealer extends below the bottom of the tape, but do not put any on your floor. Come up as high as you can without making the turn onto the section of tape directly on the floor.

You need to wait for the sealer to dry, so go ahead and clean up any mess you made and be sure no globs are on your floor. Move on and repeat the process at each of your floor vents.

Step 5: Seal for bugs

The previous step sealed any crawl space air from entering your living space. This step will keep out the bugs.

Make sure the duct sealant is fully dry.

Unroll the aluminum window screen and set over the open vent hole. Be sure you are using an aluminum screen and not fiberglass. That will ensure critters can not chew through.

Cut the screen to be about 1 1/2 inches wider than the opening on each side.

Push the screen into the vent, and make a crease along each of the four sides. The crease will cause about an inch of screen to turn back up along the vent wall. Work the corners to be square. The final product should fit snugly into the vent hole and look a little like a serving tray.

Tear 4 more pieces of aluminum tape, and tape the screen into the vent. Be sure that the screen is a few inches down into the vent so that your vent cover will still fit.

Replace the vent cover and you are done!

bathroom mold

Prevention is Key to Indoor Mold Issues

Because mold needs a source of water to sustain growth, preventing water is key in the fight against potential indoor mold issues.

Your Home’s Bathroom Fans are there for a reason

Naturally, we love to take hot showers. A hot shower produces steam in your house, and that steam consists of thousands of visible microscopic water droplets suspended in the air. Lingering moisture causes mold in bathrooms, typically seen on the ceiling above your shower. Ventilation is required to remove steam, otherwise it will condensate on hard surfaces and can linger causing dampness in surrounding areas of the bathroom.

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