Household mold can trigger a number of problems, ranging from health issues, like runny noses and sneezing, to the destruction of personal property. These potential complications make it critical to keep your home mold-free. To take effective measures against the growth of this hazardous fungus, it’s important to understand mold causes.
Four elements are required for mold growth: mold spores, mold food, suitable temperatures and a high level of moisture. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to control several of these factors. Mold spores, for example, are virtually everywhere – you just may not know it, since they don’t always grow unless presented with the required conditions. Likewise, mold can survive on the nutrients found in nearly any organic substance. Temperature is another troublesome factor, as mold thrives in the same temperatures at which humans prefer to live. On the bright side, one easily controlled factor remains: moisture level.
Mold grows at a much higher humidity level than most people prefer, which means that its growth is usually restricted to moisture-prone areas, including laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens, as well as anywhere leaks allow the entry of moisture. To prevent growth, it’s essential to address these issues quickly.
Make certain that moisture-prone rooms are adequately ventilated, and consider using a dehumidifier anywhere the humidity level may be high enough to appeal to mold. Additionally, fix any leaks, and if your home sustains water damage from a natural disaster, enlist professional emergency services to clean and dry out your property as soon as possible.
Struggling with mold growth in your home? Whether it’s caused by a hidden leak or the aftermath of a flood, Statewide Emergency Restoration Services’ mold remediation team can help you put an end to the issue for good. Contact us online or call us at 732-238-3366 – we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.