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Where Does Mold Grow?

3/29/2020 (Permalink)

Old faucet (water tap) over sink in the bathroom. Dirt Bacteria. Hard water stain of soap and mold. Time to clean. Copy space Mold and mildew growth require a water source

Mold damage to your Grantwood Village, MO, home can cause serious problems. Knowing where the growth is most likely to occur can help you prevent infestations.

Water Sources

Mold and mildew growth require a water source. This can come in many forms, from high humidity to flood waters. The following places are the most likely to have enough moisture to sustain a fungal infestation:

  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Around leaks

The best way to prevent mold colonization is to keep your home dry. Repair leaks and clean up standing water as soon as possible. Keep the indoor humidity below 50%. You may need to run a dehumidifier or the air conditioner in wetter months. If the outdoor humidity is low, you can open windows and doors to help keep your home dry. A ventilation fan can home in handy in humid bathrooms.

Food Sources

Mold growth also requires a food source. Organic materials are excellent nutrient sources for fungi. Pulpy products, such as wallpaper and documents, are ideal. Wood, carpet, dust, and drywall can also support mold growth. If your home is especially prone to mold damage, you may choose to replace some materials in your home with their mold-resistant counterparts. An air purifier can help reduce the dust in your home. As an added bonus, the filter can trap the microscopic mold spores before they have a chance to grow.

Heat Sources

Mold and mildew also need warmth to grow. Temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit are most conducive to mold growth. Depending on your family's preference, your home may fall into this range. If necessary, you can run the air conditioner to keep your home below 70 degrees.
Knowing the conditions and locations ideal for an infestation can help you catch fungal growth early. However, if your home does suffer mold damage, you may need a certified restoration company to perform mold remediation quickly and effectively.

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