While mold growth occurs naturally both indoors and out, mold growth in your home may be a cause for concern. Mold can damage and stain surfaces of your home and can grow deep under the surfaces causing structural damage. Health hazards such as respiratory problems are also a concern, especially for the very old, the young or anyone with a compromised immune system. What conditions promote mold growth? What can be done to prevent mold growth?
Recognizing Mold Growth
Mold grows best in warm, damp or humid conditions. In the home, theses conditions may result from leaks or other water damage that is not dried promptly or completely. Common sources of excess moisture include pipe breaks, roof leaks, condensation from windows and spills. What can you do to discourage mold growth in your home?
- Keep humidity levels below 50%
- Use and air conditioner or dehumidifier during humid months (such as the summer monsoon)
- Use exhaust fans in kitchens and baths
- Vent the dryer to the outside
- Keep all surfaces clean and dry
- Do not install carpet in damp areas such as bathrooms or basements
- Add mold retardants to paints before applying
- Always use professionals trained in structural drying if you experience a water damage or flood
Controlling and Eliminating Mold Growth
Controlling moisture is the key to controlling mold. Fortunately, homeowners can control moisture by following the steps above. Periodic inspections will catch leaks and other problems early, before mold can develop.
If you suspect you may have a hazardous mold condition in your home, please give us a call. Disturbing or tearing out mold without proper containment in place may spread mold spores throughout your home. This will contaminate your home and encourage future mold growth. Trust mold remediation only to trained professionals.