As a homeowner, you strive to keep your home in good shape with regular maintenance. Although your home’s exterior looks great and your interior is neat and cozy, you may not be aware of dangerous mold growing in hidden areas of your house.
Especially during winter months, areas that are not insulated like attics, basements, garages, exterior walls and windows, and closed spaces on exterior walls like closets and cabinets can develop mold growth. Bathroom showers and tubs and areas under sinks are also prone to mold and bacteria growth due to regular steam and humidity. During winter when warm, moist air from indoor heat comes in contact with cold spaces, condensation can form and set up a perfect environment for mold to thrive.
It’s common to find mold growing outdoors, but you shouldn’t find it growing in your home. Outdoors, mold is often found in damp areas that contain decomposing matter like leaves and debris that provide food for mold to grow. Indoors, food sources are often provided by building materials like lumber, paint, paper, fabric and glue when surfaces stay damp for extended periods of time. Even dust in moist areas can provide food for mold growth from dead skin cells and fibers.
Mold spores need three important things to grow – moisture, warmth and food. Without all three, mold can’t grow. Here are some important tips to prevent mold growth in your home:
* Repair water leaks in your roof, attic, basement and walls right away
* Seal foundation cracks
* Clean kitchen and bathroom areas that get wet on a regular basis
* Open windows or run exhaust fans to remove moisture in kitchens and bathrooms
* Clean refrigerator drip pans regularly
* Replace leaky seals and gaskets quickly
* Don’t store clothes, fabrics, books or paper in humid areas
* Vent your clothes dryer to the outside
* Properly insulate your attic and basement and provide adequate ventilation
* Use a dehumidifier in damp basement areas
Mold can cause a variety of health problems for you and your family. You may experience coughing, sneezing, breathing problems, headaches and flu-like symptoms. Mold can also trigger various allergic reactions including rashes, sinus infections and asthma, especially in seniors, young children and family members with existing health conditions.
If you find mold growing in any area of your home, the area will need to be cleaned and sealed properly to eliminate moisture. Contact a professional mold remediation company to learn how today.