What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus commonly found in buildings and homes, where moisture condensation occurs. When dry outdoor air enters the home, it collects water vapor from various sources, like showers, damp basements and clothes washers or dryers. The air then comes into contact with cool building surfaces, like exterior walls or windows. The condensation that results from this process can lead to mold growth.
What Conditions Promote Mold Growth?
Mold is most likely to grow at temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit with relative humidity over 70%. The most common places to find mold include damp basements, corners where outside walls meet, closets with an outside wall and attic roofs. However, mold can occur on any cool interior surfaces.
How Can I Prevent Mold in my Home?
Luckily, there are several simple tricks to prevent mold from growing in your home. The first step is understanding how relative humidity affects mold and other health issues, like allergies and bacteria. For optimal air quality and mold prevention, relative humidity should be kept between 30% and 60%. This range can easily be maintained with a humidifier or dehumidifier. Air circulation can also be increased with fans or by opening windows when the weather allows.
Monitoring bathrooms (where mold is common) and catching leaks early can also help to keep mold at bay. Mold thrives on organic materials, so avoid storing items like books, boxes or clothing near exterior walls.
Simple strategies like these can potentially prevent catastrophic damage.
If you’re afraid you might have a mold problem in your home, it’s important to contact a professional who can conduct tests and provide further recommendations for mold removal. Giles Property Inspection can guide you through the entire process, so your family can stay safe and breathe easy! Contact us today for more information.