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Top 5 Reasons Mold Is In Your Home

Mold is a problem that can’t be ignored. We’ve all found mold some place, and when we discover it in our homes, it can be more than disturbing. Sometimes we hate mold. Hate it. It has destroyed perfectly good expensive fruit in a matter of 24 hours, and that makes us angry. More than just fruit, nearly the entire home, and its residents, can be at risk under the right conditions.

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Where does it come from?

Mold travels through the air, both outdoors and inside, in the form of microscopic, airborne spores. This is completely normal, and an essential part of our ecosystem. When these spores land on an object or surface that is retaining moisture, they have found the food they need to survive and multiply. Soon, the mold is visible, and taking over that space rather quickly. Mold only needs a period of 24-48 hours to begin growing, and according to the World Health Organization, this stuff is everywhere we don’t want it to be. They estimate that around 25% of the world’s food is contaminated with mycotoxin, a toxin produced by fungi, especially mold.

So who’s the culprit? Moisture.

Moisture is necessary for mold to settle it, grow and destroy all kinds of things beyond repair. Think about how many items you’ve thrown out due to this very problem. It can get frustrating and feel wasteful. In your home, beside your food, mold can land and grow on nearly any material as long as some form of moisture is present. Popular materials to find mold on in a home are cloth, wood, wallboards, insulation and drywall. Attics, basements, kitchens and bathrooms are the most susceptible rooms because of their natural propensity to gather condensation or have poor ventilation.

Top 5 Reasons Mold Successfully Grows in Your Home

1. Inadequate Ventilation.

Poor ventilation in a home can cause some very hazardous conditions. Without an outlet, moisture will get trapped on ceilings and other surfaces allowing mold spores to feed and grow. In this environment, laundry laid out or hung to dry will do so more slowly, putting it at risk of mold growth, as well as adding to the condensation with the water that does evaporate during the drying process. When areas like the basement and attic, which are less frequented, are not provided with airflow, mold is often allowed to grow undiscovered until serious structural damage is done.

2. Water Leaks.

Pipes and roofing are susceptible to wear and tear, and when one or both of them begin leaking, the ideal conditions are present for mold growth that is often unnoticed until visible wall or ceiling damage shows up. This is because the pipe or roofing location is usually hidden behind walls or dropped ceilings.

3. Neglect.

Cleaning rags are left out, a mop is not dried well, or a refrigerator just isn’t cleaned on a regular basis. Neglecting the small things, in some cases, can cause big problems. That expensive fruit you just bought, your dirty fridge shelves may be what’s providing it with the little spores needed to ruin your blueberry pie before it’s even made. When was the last time you wiped down the inside of your shower curtain? This one hasn’t been touched in years.

4. Flooding.

Unfortunately, flooding is sometimes unavoidable. Nature’s overwhelming power can take down the strongest of preventative measures if it wants to. There are precautions that can be taken to help keep water out of the home, but not much is truly foolproof. Water will soak into walls and other materials and stay there. As discussed, water only needs to sit for 24-48 hours to create the right conditions for mold to do some lasting damage. Flood insurance may be a good idea when living in areas that have a high risk.

5. Pooling or Gathering Water.

The foundation of your home can gather and pool water. Rainwater runoff, melted snow and ground water will run toward a home in the case that its surrounding landscape slopes inward, allowing gravity to work in an unfortunate way. Many landscapers and homeowners purposefully prevent water from sitting against and penetrating their foundations by sloping landscape away from the house and installing a french drain to divert the water to a safe distance. Water can even pool in inconspicuous place inside your home. A bucket left unattended, or a poorly installed sink or bath will gather pooling water creating a mold friendly situation.

No matter what measures you chose to prevent mold growth, be conscious of it’s possibilities. The more humid the area you live in, the more vigilant you must be. No only is it destructive, it is also a health hazard that can irritate asthma, cause sinus infections and lead to more serious chronic illnesses. So keep things dry, and check traditionally damp places often to catch any chance of growth before it gets out of hand.

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