Mold is an unsightly and unsanitary growth that is the result of fungi spores that are ever present in a house. Even if you regularly clean your homes and use disinfectant, these invisible fungi spores will persist in you home. When these fungi spores become a colony, they manifest themselves as the slimy, discolored mess we know as mold.
In homes, mold can be most often found basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and cabinets. Mold can also form around pipes and ducts.
There are several common cause of mold in the home:
- Mold occurs in homes wherever there is persistent dampness. This dampness is commonly caused by high humidity due to factors like inadequate air circulation and lack of venting. Leaving doors and windows open helps prevent the high humidity that causes mold. Using vent fans in the bathroom or kitchen also helps. Note that if you live near a large body of water, the chances for mold development increase.
- Leaky pipes or roofing. Leaks in your roof can cause moisture buildup over time. Since a ceiling can hide leaks, mold can grow unchecked in the space between the roof and ceiling. One should check for leaks and mold growth at the first sign of discoloration in a ceiling. Leaks in pipes will also induce mold growth in the same way – be being a persistence source of moisture that encourage the propagation of fungi spores. Leaky pipes can introduce mold growth in walls and ceilings.
- Condensation buildup that occurs in the winter months also encourages mold growth. Condensation builds up due to fluctuations in temperature, and can develop on concrete surfaces, walls, metal pipes, and floor tiles. The formation of these pockets of condensation are prime areas for mold growth.
- Basements are favorite places for mold to grow due to the often constant presence of moisture and lack of air circulation. And if you have leaks in your home, the natural tendency of these leaks is to move downward. Maintain cleanliness and good ventilation in you basement to prevent a mold outbreak. Improperly installed perimeter drains can also cause more moisture to creep into your basement.
- Although it does not often happen, flooding in the home elevates the moisture content pretty fast. Mold prevention may be one of the lesser worries in case your home gets flooded, but do take steps to dry out the affected areas immediately to prevent a mold outbreak.
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