The causes of mold growth in homes are all related to its dependence on moisture. Mold can grow nearly anywhere, as long as enough moisture is present. To prevent mold infestations, it is important to consider risk factors for mold growth like leaky pipes and lack of ventilation.
At MoldGone, we aim to provide every home the security it needs in the fight against mold. As Maricopa County’s resident mold experts, we are proud to share our professional mold prevention tips with our neighbors.
How Does Mold Spread to My Home?
Mold spreads through tiny spores that can be carried by wind, water, clothing, and fur. This means that every time you, your children, or your pets go outside, you could inadvertently bring mold back into your home.
Because it’s so easy for mold spores to spread, it’s almost impossible to prevent them from entering your house. However, mold cannot grow in an environment where moisture is kept under control. By taking a few precautions, you can prevent mold growth in your home.
What Causes Mold Growth?
Mold thrives in warm, damp environments wherever it finds a digestible food source. Mold tends to grow on cellulose-based materials like wood, drywall, and carpet. Warm, wet surfaces are particularly at risk for mold, because they provide the perfect growing conditions. Long, hot showers, unventilated laundry rooms, uncovered cooking pots, and humidifiers can all create suitable growing conditions by making condensation.
Because mold can eat any organic material, including the very materials that make up your home’s structure, controlling moisture is the best way to prevent mold growth. To inhibit mold, you’ll need to keep the humidity levels in your home under 60%. Installing better ventilation and using fans or a dehumidifier can help.
Of course, some causes of moisture can’t be prevented. Floods, roof leaks, and dripping pipes can all introduce moisture to your home. Leaks are especially dangerous because they can go undetected for long periods of time, allowing mold to grow under the floor or inside your walls, completely unseen. This is why it’s important to know how to recognize the signs of mold growth and perform regular home inspections, especially after heavy storms or flooding.
Is Your Home at Risk for Mold Growth?
If your home has experienced any flooding, leaks, or other causes of mold growth recently, it’s time to take action. The certified mold remediation specialists at MoldGone can provide a professional home inspection. If we find any mold, we can then set to work removing it with minimal demolition, protecting your family from its harmful effects. Contact us at 480-418-7228 to get a free quote today.
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