In our previous post, we discussed some common causes of mold growth in your home. Today we will continue to look at some additional causes so that you can spot other problematic areas. Be sure to contact Yaeger Environmental Services for help with mold remediation in your home, as well as any other home improvement jobs you need completed.
If your home struggles with natural ventilation, then you probably have experienced pockets of stagnant, moist air in certain parts of your home. These pockets are the perfect environment for mold to begin growing. One area in most homes that suffers from poor ventilation is the bathroom. From hot steamy showers, to constant water usage, there is ample moisture in the average bathroom to encourage the growth of mold. The kitchen is another hot spot for poor ventilation as a lot of steam tends to form into condensation near the stove, dishwasher, and even the sink when dishes are washed by hand.
Laundry may not be your favorite chore, but if you leave piles of wet clothing sitting around for a long period of time, you are providing the perfect environment for mold spores to start forming a colony. Even clothes that are merely damp, and left to sit for a day before being tossed in the dryer, can have mold begin to form on them. Obviously, drying your clothes as soon as they are finished being washed is the best solution. The manner in which you choose to dry your clothes, however, can be a contributor to the formation of mold in your home. Tossing your clothes in the dryer is the best method for drying clothes inside your home as the moisture is sent outside through the ventilation system. If you prefer the smell of line-dried clothing, then you should be sure to hang them up, or lay them out, outside where the moisture can disperse into the air.
Flooding is obviously a horrible event for numerous reasons, and it is also a serious contributor to mold growth, as it dramatically increases the level of humidity inside your home. Not only were the surfaces inside of your home wet while the flood waters were still high, but they will also take days or even weeks to completely dry out once the flood waters have receded. Mold needs just 24 hours under the right conditions to begin growing and explode into a full-blown colony.
Your basement should be at the top of your list of rooms to check for good ventilation. Due to being underground, they tend to have fairly poor ventilation. Even if your basement has a few windows, you probably don’t experience the same airflow in your basement that you do on the main floor. Their setting underground also means that cooler temperatures tend to prevail which could put your basement space at risk for condensation. Add to these two items the fact that basements can experience leaks from other places in the home because it is the lowest point, and you have a veritable hotspot for mold to grow.
Mold exists almost everywhere in nature, but it shouldn’t be inside your home. Make sure to call Yaeger Environmental Services if you are experiencing problems with mold growth, or have other home improvement concerns. We are here to help!