How to Prevent Mold Growth

Posted by Angela Ostroff on 05 September, 2016

A mold infestation can be devastating. Aside from the potential of serious health ramifications, finding mold in your home raises the important challenge (and the potential costs) or removing all mold as quickly as possible. It also raises the question of how such mold was able to grow in the first place.

The Environmental Causes of Mold

To put it in the simplest terms possible, mold needs three things in order to exist, grow, and thrive. It needs a hospitable temperature: cool, but not freezing. It needs darkness: direct exposure to sunlight makes it exceedingly difficult for mold to grow. And--most importantly--it needs water.

The key to preventing mold, therefore, lies in preventing the conditions described above from existing, especially in conjunction with one another.

Stopping Moisture in its Tracks

Of all these conditions, water is the easiest (and most important) to control. There are always going to be parts of your home that don’t receive direct sunlight, and such places are often cool specifically due to the fact that they don’t receive sunlight! These factors are uncontrollable.

Preventing the buildup of water and humidity can be surprisingly complicated. Water can drip from pipes and roofs. It can condense on windows. And even the humidity from the air can be enough for mold to spawn. If you discover mold in your home, you will need to work hard to uncover any and all potential sources of water or humidity.

Where Does Mold Typically Occur?

Mold may be present in any area of your home: and a mold infestation in one area means your whole home may be at risk. This being said, some areas are more prone to mold problems than other--again, remember that cool, dark, moist places are the worst offenders.

Basements and attics are the first places you may wish to check. After all, these places tend to be exposed to more moisture, and they are also less frequently visited--meaning mold can develop further before being noticed. Bathrooms and kitchens also tend to accumulate moisture from showers and boiling water, so special care should be taken to control moisture levels and to examine difficult to reach places for signs of mold growth.

 Removing Existing Mold Infestations

Apart from cutting off the supply of water and humidity to any infected areas, it will obviously be important to remove any existing infestations. Even a small and seemingly innocuous mold infestation can cause health issues. Headaches, congestion, rashes, and even nerve damage can result from exposure to toxic mold, and such symptoms often arise so gradually that they can go unnoticed for weeks. Additionally, the presence of small mold growths makes further development of mold colonies more possible: placing your home at an ongoing risk.

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If have discovered a mold infestation in your home, it is crucial to act quickly. Products such as RMR-86 by Rapid Mold Remover can help you handle these problems yourself--achieving fast and effective results without paying top dollar for professional mold removal services. To learn more about our cutting-edge line of products, visit RMR online today!

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