What Causes Household Mold?
Household mold is a common problem that many homeowners experience. Several factors contribute to the development of mold, and it’s important to understand them to prevent mold from growing in your home.
Mold Spores from Outside
Mold spores are found in nature. When a window or door is left open, these spores can make their way into your home. Spores be found on shoes, clothing, and can enter the home through a leak in a roof or window. Mold starts to form when these spores settle in a damp area.
To prevent mold spores from entering your home, check your local weather report. Close windows and doors during days with a high mold count. Repair any leaks in roofs or windows so mold in unable to enter from outside.
Most people associate mold with excessive moisture. It’s commonly found in areas around leaky windows, pipes, or anywhere you’ve experienced a flood in your home. Even if your home has no leaks, you may find mold growing in your bathroom. The combination of water from the shower and warmth from your heating system is the perfect recipe for mold growth.
To prevent moisture from getting into your home, fix any leaks around the house. Ensure any damp areas, such as the bathroom, as properly dried by installing an exhaust fan or dehumidifier.
Lack of Air Flow
Proper ventilation is important in the stoppage of mold because it prevents mold spores from settling. If the spores aren’t able to settle, they don’t have a place to grow. This is why rooms with little ventilation, such as a basement or bathroom, are more likely to have mold.
Make sure your HVAC system is providing proper ventilation throughout all areas in your home. If you have any rooms without a vent, add fans so there is a constant stream of moving air to prevent mold growth.
If you suspect you have mold in your home, give us a call to schedule a consultation. We can make sure all the mold has been located and make a plan for removal and prevention.