How to Help Prevent Mold in Your Home
Mold in your home is more than a visual, cosmetic or odor issue among many other affects it may have … and you are not alone! A significant percentage of homes experience mold growth throughout the nation.
The old adage “an ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure” applies to mold growth. There are things which can help control the growth, and here are a few suggestions.
There are several elements that promote mold growth, moisture being one of them. Without moisture it becomes difficult for mold to thrive and spills and leaks are not the only contributors. Water vapor equals humidity and this gaseous form of moisture is yet another source of moisture.
Detection of water vapor can be confirmed by use of a hygrometer. These devices measure the current indoor humidity and if placed in a heavily trafficked area can easily be monitored daily. Levels between 30 and 50% generally are acceptable for control of moisture which could lead to mold growth.
Ventilate the Home
Air can hold large amounts of the humidity described above a but can condense into moisture given the right temperatures. When this happens, you will see the typical water “beading up” on various surfaces such as walls and windows. Simply opening a window when the conditions permit will help eliminate this moisture!
House Fans Will Work
Normally there are at least two fans already in the home; the kitchen fan and the bathroom fan. While each of these tools are for removing smoke and odors in their respective purposes, the additional effect would be helping circulate air and prevent moisture. Additional portable fans will help supplement areas not directly influenced by the former two fans.
Outdoor Sprinklers and Gutters
Excessive water from over watering (especially in summer) which may cause standing water against the house or any path the water may take to lead to standing water needs to be addressed and fixed. Both of these situations could lead to water invading the foundation and creating an environment for mold growth.
The same applies for rain gutters. These devices are meant to direct water away from the home, but if left unattended can become clogged with debris. This will have the reverse effect and create standing water as does the sprinkler.
In our Water Damage Blog, we discussed the effect of leaks in your plumbing and the damage water has on your home; as a result, one of those indicators was mold growth and is reinforced here. That undetected leak under the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room sink are the most common areas for mold growth to flourish.
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Where Does Mold Occur in Your Home?
Where Does Mold Occur in Your Home?
Mold in the home and commercial mold damage cannot be ignored.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just basements, bathrooms, and kitchens in which fungus likes to grow. It’s any room in any home or office, and it can even grow inside walls and other structures. The best way to know if there is mold in the home or commercial mold damage happening in places unseen by the naked eye is to look for the signs.
Recognize the Signs of Mold Damage
Mold doesn’t always appear in obvious places and oftentimes is not a visibly dark blotch. Oftentimes the mold will appear as a slightly less form of mildew which is a step prior to mold.
It can hide in hard-to-reach corners and release spores, causing unwanted health effects. The other common sign of mold in the home is a smelly odor without a prominent source. It might smell moldy and moist, and this smelly odor cannot be removed effectively with merely deodorizing.
Some of the more common places you might find mold are listed below.
Keep in mind mold growth can occur within 24-72 hours under the right conditions.
Shower and Bathtub
Bathrooms and showers provide the perfect mix of conditions for mold to grow in. Moist, warm, and dark corners can promote mold growth for a long-term stay if you aren’t proactively cleaning all surfaces. To combat mold growth, keep the area well ventilated before, during and after showers and baths. Pay attention to any water that spills over the tub. Other prominent areas include tile grout, moisture around the sink, under unused bottles and under bathmats.
Another common place to find mold is in and around the air conditioner.
Window A/C units if not installed correctly will leak and produce condensation around its housing.
Central air conditioning units do a better job at directing runoff and controlling the amount of condensation. But here too certain situations such as A/C coils freezing and thawing, faulty emergency shut off switches not engaging if the run off hose is clogged or the overflow tray is damaged, and water is flowing onto the flooring, are all contributors to potential mold growth.
While the kitchen may see the most attention for clean ups, in and around the kitchen sink provides ample conditions for mold.
Anywhere dampness may find a place to accumulate especially if you add a warm dark environment there is an opportunity for growth.
Old sponges, a dripping faucet, cracked or damaged back splashes or even peeling caulking will provide that space to develop spores.
And of course under the sink, that leaky pipe or garbage disposal can be yet another source.
Refrigerator and Washing Machine
Most of us experience water loss and mold growth from drips off the water line providing filtered water and water for ice to the appliance. Not seeing that drip over time is one of the main reasons for mold growth around the refrigerator. In addition to that obvious source however is the very coils of the appliance which creates its own moisture/condensation from the same growth. Washer overflows, leaks or the hose fitting comes loose. If the dryer vent becomes clogged or loose, it can also push moist air out, creating perfect conditions for mold.
Mold removal requires professional equipment and tools. Call SERVPRO of Norco/Mira Loma 951-735-6815