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The Dangers of Mold


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Molds can grow anywhere provided there is enough exposure to moisture. They take a small period to grow and spread. Typically, they require 24-48 hours of constant moisture exposure to grow. This shows that you have to deal with moisture issues as fast as possible in your home. Prevention is better than a cure!

Is Mold Toxic?

Water damage has a lot of detrimental effects on your home. It can also affect your health negatively. The home’s structure and belongings are destroyed by standing water. This prompts to replace them which is expensive. It also ruins your peaceful daily routine.

Storm damage, pipe leaks, or high humidity can cause the sprouting of mold in your home. Whatever the cause, molds can be a nuisance in your home. 

There is no good mold that you can find. However, there are certain types of molds that are more toxic than the others. You can identify this by looking at the breeding period required. The longer it takes for a mold to breed, the more toxic it is.

The black mold whose scientific name is Stachybotrys chartarum, is a good example. The mold type requires a substrate to be wet for a week for it to start setting in. It is an infamous dangerous mold breed that can grow rapidly. Its effects on humans are detrimental. It is recommended to deal with it as soon as you recognize its existence.

Molds in Homes

Where specifically am I likely to find mold in my home? Here are the answers.

  1. The Bathroom

It is one of the frequently used rooms in many homes. There is a high chance that mold can grow and thrive in such a room. It is with this room that you have to be consistent with drying it. 

The pink mold is the most common mold type in bathrooms. This is because there is always water and high humidity levels. Baths or showers can leave water paddles on the floor which invites the growth of mold. 

The steam produced by the hot showers increases the humidity levels in the bathroom.

Most of the time, the bathrooms are not well ventilated. This brings a problem with water drying naturally. Clean regularly the bathroom to avoid mold growth. Investing in a bathroom fan can also go a long way to prevent mold growth. This is because the air is kept in circulation and no opportunity for the humidity to settle. 

  1. The Kitchen

The kitchen is another room that the family members a good amount of time in. People socialize in the kitchen plus other activities. This means it is a high-traffic area. You also have to be keen on the food in the kitchen too. 

What can I do to avoid mold sprouts in the kitchen? 

First, make sure any liquid spilled is immediately and properly cleaned. Electric kettles can produce steam which creates a conducive environment for the growth of molds. Deal with it using fans. 

Check the drawers and cupboards regularly as water can sip into them. Windows and doors should be opened from time to time to keep the air circulation and reduce humidity levels.

  1. The Laundry Room

Doing laundry in your house can also put you at the risk of mold growth. For instance, having damp clothes in the washer for over 24 hours, there is a high risk of mold growth. Steam cleaning can also pose a great risk of high humidity levels in the house. 

Make sure the drier is properly ventilated to avoid high humidity. Avoid hanging clothes inside your house as it encourages mold growth. Clothes should be dried immediately after being removed from the washing machine. 

  1. Mold on Walls

Sadly, molds can grow on walls as well as inside the walls. For example, drywalls common in homes can be affected by mold growth. You cannot remove mold from drywall thus forced to replace it. This is quite an expensive and long process.

You also have to be keen about mold growing in wall cavities. They may contain and moisture. It is hard to recognize mold growth in such because it is out of sight. Also, molds can sprout behind the wallpapers on your walls. This is because the glue contains organic debris which is a source of food for the molds. 

Heat and humidity are not the only causes of mold growth in homes. Cold can be a huge factor in mold growth especially in poorly ventilated rooms like the basement. Cold surfaces cause the condensation of vapor which later form pools of water. There is now a proper environment for mold growth. 

The basements are also huge areas of concern since all the leaks end up there. It is the lowest part of the building thus water or any liquid running of the building ends up there. Also, basements are rarely visited and may take longer to realize the mold growth there. 

Remove Mold As Soon As Possible

Mold growth is a menace in homes. In some instances, it is inevitable. What counts is detecting it early enough to control the spread. You experience allergy reactions when mold starts to sprout in your home. Also, check on the leaks because when the water is left to collect, molds grow.

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