Like all living things, mold can grow if the conditions are met such as the following.
- Food source like drywall and wood.
- Warmth and dampness
Moisture is the primary cause of mold growth.
If the weather is humid for a couple of days, you can begin to see mold starting to grow inside your house. If it’s raining for a few days in a row, it’s common that your see mildew growing on benches, walls, and other surfaces inside and outside your house. For people living in a high humid area, especially those nearby the ocean, lake, and other large body of water, mold growth can be a recurring problem.
In addition, when moisture evaporates inside your house and mix with the air, it increases humidity. This makes your house a perfect breeding ground for mold, especially if you don’t have enough ventilation or your HVAC system is not working.
Many people do not realize that drying clothes indoors is another reason for mold to grow since it increases humidity inside the house. Most of the time, people use humidifiers at home. However, mold needs at least more than 55% humidity to start growing. So, if you’re using a humidifier, make sure that you keep the humidity level less than 55%. Humidity is not the only reason why mold grows. Water leaks and dam areas inside the house that take time to dry out can be a perfect place for mold to thrive.
Unrepaired leaking pipes can cause dampness. The worst leaks are those left undetected like inside the walls. By the time you discover the leak, mold has grown already. Leaks in the roof, especially in the attic are hard to detect. The best way to avoid mold from invading your roof is to check the attic regularly for possible leaks. This way, you can fix the leak issue before mold starts to grow.
Cold surfaces in your home can cause condensation. Condensation can happen on concrete floors and concrete metal pipes. It can also happen on concrete walls. These areas are prone to mold and mildew growth.
Inefficient HVAC system and poor ventilation can cause pockets of stagnant moist which molds thrive in. Water and steam evaporating in the air indoors must be circulated through ducts and windows to keep the moisture level balanced. If your home has poor ventilation, damp surfaces dry out slowly. Therefore, you must ensure that ventilation in rooms like the kitchen and the bathroom is working properly.
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