Home is the place that’s supposed to be warm, inviting and safe, but when mold creeps in, a home becomes a cause of stress and problems. That’s because mold causes health hazards and creates home improvement projects that strain or break our budgets. The best way to prevent mold is to know the 5 common causes.
Your home needs proper ventilation in areas where you know moisture gathers, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, attic, and basement. Without adequate ventilation, mold spores will flourish on any surface that absorbs moisture and water. When this occurs, you’ll need to use mold removal methods to eliminate the problem before it worsens. Mold spreads and doesn’t stop growing until it’s killed and removed from the home.
It’s always important to check for leaking pipes inside your home. Damaged pipes left uncared for lead to major issues such as damaged drywall and mold growth. Pipes that tend to often experience leaks are the ones found underneath the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. If you can’t fix damaged pipes yourself, it’s wise to call in the professionals for assistance.
Mother Nature has a mind of her own and when she brings in powerful storms, our homes can experience wind or water damage to the floors, windows, roofs, and walls. These damages can allow moisture to sneak into the home. Removing and repairing anything inside and outside of the home that has become damaged will prevent mold from growing. With that said, sometimes even when we take preventative measures against mold after storms, it still has a way of creeping into the home through areas we forgot to check, such as the foundation. If this occurs, you can bring in the professionals to test for mold if you suspect it’s causing issues somewhere inside the home you can’t find on your own.
Humidity always occurs when there’s too much moisture in the air, and with humidity comes mold spores. After all, mold spores need moisture, oxygen, and warmth to thrive and grow and that’s exactly what humidity is, but humidity tends to create condensation. Condensation that forms on window sills or any surface that’s cool creates water droplets. Water droplets have the ability to seep into all surfaces of a home that’s capable of absorbing water. This creates breeding grounds for mold. The only true way to keep humidity levels in check and condensation out is by placing dehumidifiers inside your home.
One thing you may not realize is a common cause of mold buildup in an area of your home is damp laundry. If you leave piles of damp laundry in an area for long periods of time, mold will begin to grow on surfaces that are in contact with it. It’s always wise to toss damp laundry that’s dirty directly into the washing machine for a deep cleaning, but it’s also essential that you toss the laundry directly into the dryer after washing to prevent humidity and condensation buildup within the home.
If cleaning up and removing mold from your home sounds like a daunting task, call Courtesy Care Professional Cleaning & Restoration Services. We’re professionals that are available 24 hours a day for all your emergency cleaning needs and are trained in mold removal so your home can be restored to its warm and inviting atmosphere again.