What To Check For When Buying a Home

What To Check For When Buying a Home

Buying a home is the biggest purchasing decision a person can make. It can be a very daunting task and you can easily get overwhelmed with the number of items on your new home to-do list.

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There are a million little decisions to be made such as if you need that many bedrooms, the flow of the house, if the backyard is big enough, etc. However, there are a few very important things to check for to make sure you don’t have unexpected maintenance bills down the road.

Here are some simple things to look for when you are considering a potential home:

  • Roof – The roof is one of the most important items to check. If the roof is leaking, it can affect many other aspects of the home.
    • Check to make sure the external roof lines are straight and free from deflections.
    • Check the inside of the roof gutters to make sure they are rust free.
  • Water Damage – If the house has issues with internal pipe leaks, they could turn into a costly repair bill.
    • Check the inside of the cupboards for mildew, dampness, and mold.
    • Check for water stains and corrosion on the walls that back onto showers and baths.
    • Check for mold on the ceilings and walls. If it has been cleaned recently, the walls will look like they have grey clouds on them.
  • Drainage – This is an important item to check as it will save you costly water damage bills to your basement.
    • Check the drainpipes that come down from the roof and make sure they drain to the sewer and not straight onto the ground.
    • Check for drain holes on the exterior door and window frames. These allow water to escape the cavity walls so water won’t penetrate the interior walls.

While these are the most important things to check your new home for structurally, there are more items that most people look for in a home:

  • Steepness of the lot
  • Window size for natural light
  • Driveway length and street parking
  • Heating and cooling devices
  • Kitchen features
  • The neighborhood

There are many features to check when buying a home. Buying a home is a big decision and you should make sure you absolutely know what you are buying. Looking at all these areas yourself is fine but make sure you also have the house checked out by a qualified home inspector. A good home inspector knows where to look and what to look for, and will lend their expert opinion on things such as the quality of the foundation, electrical wiring and general durability – among others.

If your home does need some repairs you can count on Grennan Construction to give you the best service and advice there is. Grennan Construction specializes in siding, gutters, windows, roofing, insulation, painting and drywall, masonry, weather damage, and general repairs.

Grennan Construction can help you turn the home you buy into the home you want!

The Best Method to Wash Your Home

The Best Method to Wash Your Home

369D8C305ADuring the summer months, your home can take a beating from nature’s elements. Dirt, mildew, pollen, and other materials can build up more easily on the outside of your residence over the course of several months. To get your house looking as new as the day it was built, give it a high-quality wash!

Depending on what type of siding you have on your home, it is important to choose the proper method to clean your house so as to not damage the siding.

Most people will automatically think to opt for the pressure washer (who can blame you? It’s a fun tool!). While it is often the best (and fastest) method if you have some serious dirt on your house, some materials just can’t handle the intensity of a pressure washer.

If you have a home made from stucco, brick, or delicate woods, it would be best to avoid the pressure washer and stick to your garden hose. If that isn’t strong enough, or if you have heavier dirt that your hose just won’t handle, there are many different chemicals and nozzles that will easily remove dirt, and keep your siding safe.

Homes made of vinyl, wood, and hybrid materials are generally strong enough to withstand pressure washing, but even so it is usually better to start light and work your way up. Most dirt and grime will come off with your garden hose so that’s always the best place to start, just in case.

If you do opt to use a pressure washer, here are a few important safety and procedural guidelines to follow in order to make sure you get the most out of your pressure washer:

  • Make Sure Windows and Doors Are Closed – Self-Explanatory! No one wants a wet carpet.
  • Wear Safety Glasses – While you obviously don’t want to point a pressure washer at your, or anybody else’s eyes, there will be dirt and other particles flying off of your house that could still strike your eyes.
  • Keep Others Inside – Other family members, children, and pets should be kept indoors during pressure washing because of flying debris, as well as the potential dangers of the pressure washer itself.
  • Test First – Pressure washers are very powerful. Before starting on your whole house, test its effects on a non-visible portion to be sure that it won’t cause damage.
  • Keep Moving – Keeping the hose moving will prevent the pressure from damaging your house. Use a side to side, sweeping motion will effectively remove the dirt from your home.
  • Point the Hose Downward – Regular dirt from rain, snow, and wind come from above so it is important to make sure you spray from the top down. If you don’t then getting pressurized water up behind your siding or into cracks will be very damaging.
  • Avoid Spraying Windows – While your windows might be just as dirty as the rest of your house, there is a chance that the intense pressure could crack or break the windows, especially in older homes.

 

The best way to make your house look beautiful for this summer is to give it a nice wash! Just make sure you know what type of washing is best for the siding that is on your house and be safe when doing it. Remember, if it is too big a job, or you don’t feel safe on a ladder, consult a professional.

Tips and Tricks to Prepare Your House for Summer

5F7649370BWell, Summer is almost here!

The warm weather that we have all been waiting for is imminent and there are some simple techniques available to make sure your house is as energy efficient as possible.

We want to help you keep cool air inside and hot air where it’s supposed to be…outside!

 

What We Are All About
Grennan Construction can provide you with all your necessary home improvements that are needed to keep your house running at peak efficiency during the summer months.

We can also provide many options to make your house more energy efficient including siding, gutters, windows, roofing, and insulation. Also, if the worst should happen, Grennan Construction is ready to repair and replace whatever has been damaged, whether it be from regular wear and tear or from the weather.

 

Keeping Your House Efficient
The simplest way to save money and energy is to make sure your home is up to date on all energy efficiency matters. No matter if it is a new roof, or simply securing windows and doors, Grennan Construction is the best way to make sure your home is well prepared for the coming summer months!

 

Checking for Leaks
For optimum efficiency; windows, doors and air ducts of your home need to be leak-free. The caulking on the windows and doors is the first barrier to ensure energy efficiency by keeping the warm and cool air separated. The same principal for keeping heat inside in the winter applies to keeping the cool air inside in the summer.
Making sure the windows and doors are properly sealed will not only make your home more energy efficient but will also help with keeping out insects, which can also come along with warmer temperatures.

 

Check Your Foundation
By simply walking around your basement and the outside foundation of your house, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in potential damage. The biggest threat is water damage.

Leaks, cracks, and imperfections of your foundation can cause a lot of headaches when the rains come in the summer months. Grennan Construction has experts to inform you of potential leaks and can fix any structural foundation problems you might have, providing you with the proper assistance and best materials ensuring your home is protected from the summer elements.

 

Your Roof
The roof of your house is the most important defense against the forces of nature in the coming summer months.

Rain, hail, and sleet from summer storms can take a toll on any roof over the years. It is important to make sure there are no cracks, leaks or other imperfections in your roof in order to prevent flooding or other damage to the inside of your home. If you do find an imperfection in your roof,  you should repair it immediately in order to avoid costly indoor damage.

Replacing your roof is one of the most valuable ways to increase your home’s value and is the best way to prevent damage to the inside of your home. Grennan Construction has the most energy efficient roofs available, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Whether you are looking for a Metal Roof or a Cedar Shake Roof, Grennan Construction has exactly what you desire!

 

Summer Time!

Summer time is a great time to relax and enjoy yourself, so take a moment ensure your home is secure from rain, hail, heat, and insects. Then call Grennan Construction for all your home efficiency needs, and then enjoy the summer!

7 Trees You Should Never Plant In Your Yard

Most homeowners know the value of curb appeal, and want their properties to be aesthetically pleasing on the outside, as well as the interior. Because of this, we frequently plant all kinds of organisms, from flowers and shrubs, to grass and vegetables throughout our lawn. The chances are, if you’re passionate about exercising your green thumb, you’ll eventually decide to plant a tree or two of your own as a way to maximize the visual appeal of your home, and access great summer shade. Unfortunately, there are a few trees that you will need to avoid for a variety of reasons – from weather dangers, to damaging your foundation, pests, and even making allergies worse. Here are just some of the trees that you should never plant in your yard.

7 trees you should never plant

1. Cottonwood Trees

Plenty of tree lovers enjoy the appeal of the cottonwood tree – particularly because of its charming appearance and low need for maintenance. Unfortunately, the cottonwood tree encompasses a soft and shallow root system, which makes it prone to instances of rotting, and can mean it becomes unstable throughout periods of bad weather and severe storms. Besides the fact that the wood itself is highly brittle, it’s worth noting that diseases and insects frequently damage it too, creating all the more risk that it will end up on your roof, car, or garage after a rough storm.

2. Mulberry Tree

Though some trees, such as the cottonwood, struggle with a weak root system and soft wood, the Mulberry tree is dangerous for a radically different reason. Most people should avoid planting this tree in their yard simply because it produces huge amounts of pollen, which attracts insects and pests. Though it can offer some great summer shade, it’s not worth the extra creepy-crawlies that will infest your home.

3. White Pine

Though the white pine doesn’t typically reach extensive heights – like many other trees, an issue arises in the fact that this tree is particularly sensitive, and requires a lot of maintenance. In colder climates, the white pine often suffers winter or ice-related damage, and also attracts plenty of pests, ranging from bagworms to sapsuckers.

4. Leyland Cypress

The Leyland Cypress is a tree that grows incredibly fast – meaning that it needs trimming frequently to ensure you don’t end up with branches everywhere. This is another form of tree that can frequently be uprooted during periods of severe wind or stormy weather, even if they are decades old – making them quite dangerous to grow around houses. What’s more, pests like bagworms love to reside in this particular kind of tree.

5. Mimosa Tree

Similarly to the cottonwood tree, the mimosa tree has particularly weak wood that makes it highly unpredictable during storms. What’s more, this type of tree attracts webworm and pests – what’s more, the Mimosa is also famous for producing quickly-germinating seeds. This could mean that you might end up with a huge forest of mimosa trees quicker than you could possibly imagine.

6. Bradford Pear

Plenty of professional gardeners and homeowners alike love the aesthetic appeal of the Bradford pear tree, as it’s durable, beautiful, and requires very little in the way of long term maintenance. Unfortunately, the naturally pyramidal shape of the tree serves to make it particularly fragile. The way that the branches grow ensure that ice, snow, and high winds are not its friend, as the branches cannot take the weight and the limbs will quickly start to split. If that’s not enough, the flowering blooms also have a particularly unpleasant smell.

7. Quaking Aspen

Found often in northern climates, the quaking aspen has gently vibrating leaves and white bark – making it highly attractive in most yards. Unfortunately, the root system is insidious – sending up numerous suckers that turn relentlessly into brand new trees. In other words, when you plant a quaking aspen, you could be fighting against a forest that’s quickly trying to overtake your home.

Plant Carefully

Too many homeowners fail to regard all of the necessary factors when choosing the right tree – thinking instead about how pretty it might look when combined with the other aspects of their yard. However, some trees have deep strong roots that slowly destroy the foundations of your house, whereas others have brittle branches that could destroy property when caught in the throes of a storm. Which kinds of trees do you prefer to plant in your yard, or do you know of another variety that should stay away from homes entirely? Let us know in the comments!

Top Tips For Taking Care Of Your Tools

taking care of toolsInvesting in a sturdy, reliable, high-quality set of tools can be a costly endeavor. However, if you care for them properly, they’re likely to last for a pretty long time. Ensuring that your tools are properly stored, maintained, and cleaned could help to save you money and time in the long-run; keeping you prepared for any DIY demands.

If you’re new to keeping your own tools, you might need some hints on how to keep them safe and impeccable for years to come. The following tips should help.

  1. Adapt Proper Storage Habits

Most likely, you aren’t going to be using your tools all day long. Even if you do work with them on a professional basis, you should ensure you’re storing them in the right place when the day comes to an end. Simply throwing your tools anywhere isn’t a great idea – but you do have to work with whatever space you have. This means that you could hang them on pegboards, store them on shelves, or keep them in drawers.

For those with restricted storage space, pegboards can be a great option, as they permit you to see all of your options with a single glance, and ensure that you utilize your available wall space. On the other hand, toolboxes can also be a great solution, as they offer individuals the chance to take advantage of convenient organization, and portability. Although some people may store all of their tools within the same toolbox, others choose to store only their most-used, and preferred tools, while leaving the rest stored in drawers, on shelves, or pegboards.

Wherever you choose to store your tools, remember that rust is the primary enemy you’re fighting against. To avoid the threat of rust, make sure to store your tools in a dry place. Although this may seem like an obvious suggestion, many basements and garages have issues with humidity – particularly if they don’t have the appropriate air conditioning or ventilation installed. If you do store your tools in a location like this, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier to reduce the risk of dampness.

You can also take advantage of silica gel packs or rust collectors that come with the packaging of various items today. These are great for keeping moisture at bay, and you can simply throw them into your toolbox or drawer to provide a barrier against rust.

  1. Remember To Clean Your Tools After Use

Spending time cleaning tools after a long day of work doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but it is important when it comes to keeping your tools in great condition. It should only take a short time to conduct a thorough cleaning, unless you’ve had a heavy-duty day. The little bit of extra effort is certainly worth the time if you compare it to the cost of replacing or repairing a tool later. Here’s how you can clean different types of tools:

  • For hand tools, all you need to do is simply wipe them down with a clean rag. If they’re really dirty, you can always opt for an in-depth wash with soap and water – so long as you make sure you thoroughly dry your tools after.
  • For garden tools, the same rules can be applied, simply wash them if necessary, dry them, and oil them with WD-40 to keep the rust away. If you want to care for wooden handles, try rubbing them down with a small amount of linseed oil.
  • Finally, for power tools, make sure that you unplug the tool before you start cleaning. Get all of the dust off with an air compressor, then wipe down the tool surface, and lubricate any moving parts with machine oil.

While you’re in the process of cleaning, don’t forget that your bags, toolboxes, and belts need some care from time to time too. Clean them out by emptying them and wiping them down to get rid of any dirt and dust. Remember, taking care of tools requires commitment, but it’s a small price to pay for long-lasting quality. What do you do to keep your tools in top condition? Let us know in the comments!

Top 10 Roof Maintenance Tips For Your Home

Top 10 Roof Maintenance Tips For Your HomeHow often do you keep your roof care at the very top of your mind? With the constant chaos of daily life frequently piling up around us, it’s easy to lose sight of the essential aspects of your life that need regular maintenance to safeguard your interior space. We take roofs for granted, but they are a crucial part of our home – keeping the people we love safe and secure. Unforeseen or obvious, roof-based problems are undoubtedly expensive, and usually a pain to deal with.

Following are just some of the ways that you can ensure your house stays dry and protected throughout the years with excellent roof maintenance.

1. Regularly Examine Your Roof

Potential risks and threats change with the seasons – so while you might want to look for damage caused by ice damming during early spring, towards the end of the fall, you’ll need to search for debris and leaves cluttering up your roof. It’s also important to pay extra attention to your roof after you’ve been caught in storms with particularly heavy winds.

2. Clean Out The Gutters

Following on from the previous tip, it’s crucial to clean away the debris and leaves that gather in your gutters or downspouts after trees start shedding leaves all over your property. While you’re making the appropriate sweeps, look for gaps throughout the seams of your gutters or breaks, and ensure that any brackets you’re using to hold everything in place are still secure and sturdy.

3. Get Rid Of Overhanging Branches

Trees may be a pretty addition to just about any household exterior, but ones that grow too near your property can end up presenting a risk. Not only do you deal with the risk of broken pieces of wood falling onto the roof during storms, but if branches rest on or over the shingles – the protective coating on the stone may begin to abrade over time.

4. Watch Out For Damage From Wildlife

Detroit – just like any other area of America, can gather its own fair share of unwanted animal attention. Anything from wayward birds to squirrels, raccoons, and chipmunks can all settle in either under, or on your roof when they’re given ample chance.

5. Check The Flashing

The flashing of the roof can be a prime target for leaks and damage because it covers a hole in your roof. Take the time to examine any flashing around your exhaust pipes, vents, or chimneys to ensure that old sealant hasn’t dried out and become loose. Bear in mind that the flashing itself can also become punctured and bent over time.

6. Try Not To Walk On The Roof

There are some occasions when climbing up and accessing the roof personally is unavoidable – but you should try to avoid moving across the surface as much as possible. Your roofing can be damaged quite easily when you walk on it – regardless of the material it is made out of.

7. Use Professional Inspections

Although inspecting a roof yourself can be useful, don’t ignore the benefits of professional inspections. Getting a yearly examination by an expert can be a cheap and useful way to ensure that you stay ahead of any problems emerging.

8. Make Sure Your Roof Can Breathe

If your home doesn’t have the right ventilation, moisture, and heat can cause the rafting and sheathing to rot – meaning that roof materials begin to buckle and lose effectiveness. In the end, your entire roofing system may become ineffective.

9. Insulate!

Proper insulation is the ideal way to achieve good airflow and ventilation. Having open spaces that allow for air to pass freely through one area to the next with at least one inch between the roof sheathing and the insulation is ideal.

10. Check For Insects

If your location is prone to infestation from carpenter ants or termites, you’ll need to watch your roof for emerging signs of activity. Shredded wood, sawdust, rotten spots, and insect feces can all be signs of an insect problem.

Care For Your Roof

We often apply the term “out of sight out of mind” to our roofing maintenance – but remember that your roof works each day to keep your belongings, and your loved ones safe from the elements. Give your home the respect and care it deserves by conducting regular roof maintenance, and you’ll be sure to reap the benefits.

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Benefits of The Leaf Relief® Gutter System

benefits-of-leaf-relief-by-plygem-grennan-constructionIf you’ve ever owned your home, you know that maintaining gutters can become a hassle.  However, it doesn’t have to be.  With today’s technology, there are several products available to eliminate the trouble of clogging of gutters with leaves and debris.

The folks at Grennan Construction use and recommend Leaf Relief® by Ply Gem. Certified contractors of Leaf Relief®, here are just a few of the benefits of installing Leaf Relief®.
 

  • Leaf Relief® is backed by a ten-year “No-Clog, No Overflow” Warranty, which means that your gutters are guaranteed to be free of any leaves or debris and will not overflow.
  • Leaf Relief® gutter systems will withstand the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays, winds up to 110 mph, snow and ice.
  • Leaf Relief® is made with resilient aluminum, which maintains its shape, withstands damage from bugs, birds, squirrels and other pests, and also helps protect against mildew and mold.
  • Leaf Relief® prevents the need for routine gutter cleaning, which means a lower cost to maintain and no hassles.
  • Leaf Relief® installation does not require the need to lift or disturb existing roof shingles or driving nails into the roof to install it.
  • Leaf Relief® is virtually seamless and is barely visible, which maintains the house’s exterior appearance.

 

Whether you are building a new home or adding on or replacing your current gutter systems, you will want to make sure that you install Leaf Relief® gutter system to ensure that you have the best gutters available!

Grennan Construction has been assisting the gutter needs of homeowners throughout Michigan since 1998 and are Certified Contractors for the Leaf Relief® by PlyGem system.  For those in Oakland County, Michigan, if you would like to receive a free gutter analysis, contact Grennan Construction today.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Grennan Construction, a family owned and operated company since 1998.  We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, insulation, gutters and chimney repairs. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

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Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

Whether you’re looking to save money, go green and reduce your carbon footprint—or both!—there are a lot of subtle things that you can do around your home to save energy.  As the weather starts to cool down and we head into Fall and Winter weather, there are a handful of simple things that you can do to help save energy.

Energy Saving Tip #1: Weatherproof Your Home

Heating (and cooling) the home accounts for over 50% of the average American’s annual energy consumption.  Simply looking at the insulation in any areas that could have leaks or insufficient insulation, like an attic, basement, crawl space and walls, can help you identify areas where there may be leaks in (and out of) the home.  This means that the cold outdoor air may be getting into the house and any heat you may be generating inside the home to make it more comfortable, may be leaking outside.  Air leaks around pipes, windows and doors can be easily eliminated with weather stripping and expanding foam spray.

Energy Saving Tip #2: Use the Sun

The sun may or may not be out very much during the fall or winter seasons, but during cold months, you can take advantage of the sun’s natural heat-producing effects by leaving blinds or drapes drawn on windows that face the sun throughout the day.

Energy Saving Tip #3: Be Thermostat Smart!

One of the easiest ways that people can save on energy is simply by being smarter with the thermostat.  Everyone has a different room temperature that they may find comfortable, but if you can reduce the thermostat minimum temperature while you are away from the home during the colder months, you can potentially save 10% on your energy bill.  Then, when you are home, you can raise the minimum to a level that is comfortable.  Also, if you can still keep that thermostat at a bearable temperature and then find other sources of heat (such as blankets, fireplaces, and bundling up), you can significantly reduce your energy consumption.

Energy Saving Tip #4: Use Energy-Saving Materials

From insulation to windows to siding, there are numerous materials available now that help reduce energy and keep the temperature of the home comfortable and at its desired level.  Of course knowing what materials are available and finding a company that uses these materials is important!

For those in Oakland County, Michigan, if you would like to receive a free analysis of your home’s insulation and saving energy, contact Grennan Construction today.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Grennan Construction, a family owned and operated company since 1998.  We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, insulation, gutters and chimney repairs. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

Important Fall Furnace Maintenance Reminder

fall-furnace-maintenance-reminder-grennan-constructionAutumn is here, which means that it is time to schedule your annual furnace maintenance appointment.  It is important to make sure that you regularly get your furnace cleaned and inspected each year, just before the cold months set in.  This service will help ensure that your furnace is not worn out and that the furnace works when you need it to.

During your annual maintenance appointment, the inspector should not only make sure that your system itself is working properly, but he or she should also verify that the dangerous exhaust is vented properly out of a flu or chimney. This step in the service appointment can prove to be life-saving as there are thousands of tragic stories each year about families unknowingly falling victim to the deadly effects of carbon monoxide gas.

Additionally, you should also have your fireplace serviced, which should include checking the flue and chimney for any blockages or damage.

These service appointments are not only helpful for the safety of you and your family, but they can also help you save money from having to replace or fix any damage caused by improperly functioning furnaces and fireplaces.  Last, but not least, it’s also a great time to check the batteries and function of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Grennan Construction, a family owned and operated company since 1998.  We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, insulation, gutters and chimney repairs. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Tips for Detecting and Preventing Mold Growth in Your Insulation

Home improvement - handyman cut wood with jigsawMold can be found pretty much anywhere in the home—including wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation.  As long as moisture and oxygen are present, mold growth is possible.

Detecting mold in your home is different for every household.  Some people have a higher tolerance for mold and don’t have any kind of allergic reactions, while others can have life-threatening allergic reactions to mold.  Sign #1 that you have a mold problem can be simply from feeling better when you’re not inside the house.  Another sign is if you smell a distinct musty odor in the house, there’s a good chance that there’s mold growing somewhere.  If you cannot fold mold growing in obvious places, like the shower, sinks or any other area of the home where there may appear to be water damage, then you might need to check if there may be mold growing in the insulation of your home.

To detect mold growth in the insulation of your home, you will need to dig a bit deeper.  You can purchase at-home test kits that can help detect the presence of mold in your home.  These test kits typically involve testing the air for the presence of mold; however, these tests will not be able to determine the source of the mold.  If you use the at-home test and you confirm there’s a presence of mold in your home, then your next step is to hire a professional mold inspector who can help you determine the source of the mold.  Once the source has been discovered, then you can take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.

Mold growth can occur in the insulation of your home, which makes it much harder to detect.  However, there are ways to prevent mold development in the insulation of your home.  Here are some steps for helping prevent mold development in the insulation of your home.

The first step to mold preventing is moisture control.  Mold is caused by the presence of too much moisture or water.  Controlling the moisture in or around insulation will prevent the growth of mold.  You can do this by trying to keep humidity levels inside the home below 40 percent.  At this level, mold growth is slowed down and can be prevented.

The second step is to understand the most common sources of moisture or water in the home and then knowing how these sources may impact the insulation of your home.  The sources for the moisture include ground water (such as rain or melting snow), humidity from outside entering the home or condensing on a cooler surface and interior moisture (most commonly from the bathroom and kitchen).  Making sure that your roof is properly maintained to drive water into gutters and off the house, your gutters are properly maintained to drive ground water away from the home, your home is properly insulated from the outside with your windows and siding, plus making sure that the exterior of your home is properly designed and built to also keep water away from the home and avoid pooling into the foundation of the home are great ways to prevent moisture from building in and around the house.  Also, making sure that your kitchen and bathrooms have the proper ventilation that they need to drive any moisture out and to properly dry are equally as important.

The third step to mold prevention is to act fast if there’s any kind of water leak in the home.  Mold growth is most common when people don’t quickly or properly respond to any kind of water leak or water damage to the house.  When you properly clean up water damage, part of the process is determining whether or not enough damage was caused to grow mold.  Usually, following water leaks, it is best to replace insulation and other damaged areas of the home to ensure the safety of you and your family from potential mold growth and the deterioration of building materials.

The fourth and final step to mold prevention in the insulation of your home is to upgrade to materials that are non-corrosive to nature, such as fiber glass insulation.  Fiber glass insulation will not settle or lose its energy-saving abilities over time and does not require the addition of fire retardant chemicals.  The best advantage to fiber glass insulation is that it will not rot and it does not support the growth of fungi or mold.

Mold doesn’t have to be a problem for you or your household.  If you think that you might have mold in your home, particularly in the insulation of your house, contact Grennan Construction today for a free consultation.  Grennan Construction are the leaders in insulation installation in Oakland County, Michigan area and use PINK FIBERGLAS® Loosefill Insulation which help prevent mold growth.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Grennan Construction, a family owned and operated company since 1998.  We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, insulation, gutters and chimney repairs. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

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