The main things mold needs to grow in a home are organic materials to feed on and moisture. In houses there are always plenty of organic materials for mold to live on such as wood, drywall and various other building materials. Moisture, on the other hand, can be controlled so keeping the moisture in your home low is the best way to prevent mold growth. Most molds need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Therefore if a suitable material in your home is wet for more than 24 hours then you run the risk of mold starting to grow.
There are a few main things which usually cause moisture problems in home. One is water leaks. These include things such as leaking roofs or walls, leaking pipes and leaking taps or a leaking shower. If you know of any leaks in your home you should fix them without delay. You might need to inspect your home to find any water leaks you didn’t know about. Condensation is another frequent cause of moisture. Condensation begins on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air and becomes liquid. Often you’ll see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows. One way to reduce condensation is to keep the temperature warmer in rooms. For example, by installing insulation. You can also insulate the surfaces themselves such as putting coverings over metal pipes. You’ll also have less condensation occurring if you keep the humidity in your home low. Many species of mold can begin to grow from humidity alone if the humidity stays high for long enough. In fact the humidity only needs to be higher than 55% before some molds can begin to grow. The best way to keep humidity low in your home is through ventilation. Open the windows during the day, especially when it’s hot since this is when humidity is usually the lowest outside. Close your windows when it’s raining outside though. It’s especially important to ventilate the rooms where steam and moisture builds up, like the kitchen and bathroom.
Exhaust fans help to reduce the humidity when doing things like cooking or washing dishes. Once mold has begun to grow in your home it’s not enough to just take away the mold’s moisture source. Mold that runs out of moisture can lie dormant for a long time without dying. So if you already have mold growth in your home you need to take steps to have it removed. So call us! And we will come immediately! Just remember, act quickly when you first notice mold in your home. It is necessary to hire a professional company like Tip Top Restoration for mold removal process.
One of the best ways to prevent mold in bathroom is proper ventilation. Run your fan during showers and let it continue to go even after you’re done. Tip Top Restoration also recommends opening your bathroom window during and after your shower to release the excess steam. Keep drain cleaner handy and call a plumber regularly for standard maintenance. A clogged tub or sink can lead to standing water, which is the ideal breeding ground for mold. Overflowing toilets, leaky pipes and just about any other plumbing issue can lead to mold growth. Keep your plumbing under control and you may not have to call our company for mold removal. Another tip from Tip Top Restoration is to keep your bathroom as clean as possible. Regular deep cleaning sessions can keep your bathroom not only looking its best, but also turn it into a hostile zone for mold. If you can, try to clean your bathroom at least once a week, taking special care to get into your grout, tub, shower, toilet, sink, mirrors, and floor. Remember, mold is a preventable issue but there’s so much you can do. If you suspect that you may have mold growing in your home, don’t hesitate – call Tip Top Restoration for mold inspection!