How to Prevent Mold
In order for mold to grow, it needs both the proper environment and nutrients. Certain conditions like temperature, humidity levels, and light can either promote of negate mold growth. Controlling these conditions is an important factor in preventing fungal growth because the organic material like wood, drywall, and other personal belongings will always be in homes and businesses. Making sure that water stays out is crucial.
Mold & Water
Most species of mold need around 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. If anything like wood, drywall, cotton, or any other organic material gets wet within a home you are at risk for it growing mold. There are various ways this can happen and here we hope to identify each of them in an effort to promote prevention.
One way water can enter the home is through structural damage of the building. This may be problems with roofs, windows, cracks, or even the foundation itself. Roof leaks may be the most severe of all of these because the environment within an attic is perfect for mold to grow in. On top of that, most people won’t notice a problem until they can see it from inside the house. We suggest journeying into the attic once every 1-2 months in order to take a look around and see if it looks like any water is making its way in; the best time to do this is right after a rain storm. At the same time you do this take a look around your windows and feel for any damp drywall or rotting seals. If you have a basement, make sure you venture down there once and a while to check it out.
Leaking pipes can cause big problems when it comes to mold growth. Since pipes are within walls, slow leaks give mold a lot of time to grow without getting noticed. One situation that we see a lot is in kitchens behind cabinets and fridges. Another scenario that people should know bout is large buildings like apartment complexes that have water mains running up and down the entire place. If these pipes start to leak or sweat you may notice growth on the walls inside your apartment. If you see anything that could be an indicator of a plumbing issue, act immediately.
Condensation through rapid changes in temperature can also cause moisture indoors. Condensation forms on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. Often you’ll see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows. The best ways to prevent this are by keeping a consistent temperature/humidity levels throughout your indoor environment. Having insulation on walls, ceilings, and metal pipes is vital in minimizing condensation.
How to Fight Mold
Dehumidifiers, ventilation, and regular cleaning are good ways to combat mold and mildew. Open windows and place exhaust fans in places around your home. Keeping your home clean will go a long way in keeping your home mold free.