The Top Causes of Mold in the Home

Posted by Angela Ostroff on 29 August, 2016

Thanks to the increasingly effective DIY mold removal products on the market today, more and more people are taking control of their home and work spaces and killing mold that could otherwise cause severe health issues. For those who experience recurring mold, however, effective mold removal solutions alone are not enough. Instead, a comprehensive strategy must be developed that not only kills mold, but stops developing mold in its tracks. In order to attack the root cause of mold growth, it is necessary to understand the source. Here are a few of the most common culprits.

Humid weather. If you live in a coastal region, the midwest, or any other part of the world where high humidity is the norm, you are always going to be at an increased risk for mold damage, as humid air fosters mold growth. Investing in dehumidifiers can help minimize this risk, however.

Humidifiers. While we are on the topic of dehumidifiers, it is worth noting that many people, either for health or other motives, employ the use of air humidifiers. Be aware that mold grows best when air humidity is over 55%, and try to minimize the amount of time your space spends in such conditions.

Drying clothes indoors. Air-drying your clothes indoors spikes humidity levels and puts your home at increased risk for developing mold. Always air-dry outdoors, and if your must air-dry indoors utilize a dehumidifier or open a window.

Poor ventilation. Your home should allow for the entry and exit of airflow. You should also make an effort to occasionally open windows in all areas of the house in order to improve ventilation even more. Unfortunately, however, some homes simply do not facilitate healthy airflow. Worst of all, some poorly planned houses send the kitchen and/or bathroom ventilation directly to the attic, where all that humidity becomes traps and makes attic mold a virtual inevitability.

Leaking pipes. Leaking pipes create pools of moisture that can spur the development of mold colonies.

Leaking roof. Similarly, a leaking roof can allow water to collect in attics and top floors, putting those rooms at risk.

Condensation. Windows, pipes, and other surfaces that are exposed to moisture on one side can create an opportunity for mold to form on the other, thanks to a little help from condensation.

Water at foundation of house. Houses that are placed near a slope frequently fall victim to water that drains toward the foundation, creating the probability of moisture (and, therefore, mold) forming in the basement or ground floor.

Removing and Preventing Mold. Once you have discovered the source of mold in your house, you will need to invest in removing the existing mold, and in preventing new mold from forming. Mold removal can be achieved through professional services or with the help of mold removal products such as the RM 86 Stain Remover available online from Rapid Mold Remover. The prevention of new mold is frequently achieved by repairing the home issue that allowed mosture to collect in the first place.

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