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Common Causes of Mold in the Household

Common Causes of Mold in the Household

Mold can grow in a number of areas in your home. The perfect environment is any area that includes the three elements needed for mold growth:

  1. Food (a material or substance that mold can grow on)
  2. Water (any area that can collect moisture or humidity)
  3. Oxygen (a source of fresh air)

These three ingredients together can create an ideal environment for mold growth to run rampant. Now that you know this, it’s easy to see how mold in the house can show up in the blink of an eye. Here is a list of some of the most common areas and causes that you can keep an eye on.

The Most Common Areas For Mold Growth In Your Home

  1. Any area that can remain damp like a basement, or a garage. Basements are below ground and are more susceptible to mold growth. Many garages are also primed for mold growth as they are often not insulated as well as the rest of the house, and do not have full frost protection. If your home does not have adequate drainage away from the foundation you may find yourself with a breeding ground for mold spores. If you are worried about mold in the home you should check these two areas first.
  2. Areas of the home with poor ventilation. Modern living lets us enjoy the benefits of easy access to a furnace, air conditioner, dishwasher, and shower whenever we want. But how often do you stop to think about the effects these conveniences could have on the humidity in your home. Poor ventilation can create the perfect environment for mold to flourish, so ensuring that the moisture created by temperature fluctuations in the home and the frequent use of appliances and showers doesn’t stick around is very important. If you are worried about your home’s ventilation, keep windows open, use fans while showering, and utilize exhaust fans as much as you can.
  3. Areas of the home affected by a leak or flood. It's incredibly frustrating to deal with any type of water damage in the home, but after a water leak, you should be vigilant in the lookout for mold growth. If you don’t properly ventilate and dry out the area that was exposed to water, you will be left with the perfect environment for mold in the house. If you have a flood or leak, be sure to use a professional restoration company who can remove all moisture and remediate any damage.
  4. The roof. Your attic, or area directly under your roof, gets its own spot on this list as a prime area for mold growth. Over time, your roof may deteriorate and the possibility of moisture build up will increase dramatically. Additionally to this, the attic, or crawl space under the roof, can sometimes be poorly ventilated, or with sub standard insulation. When the area is not insulated properly it can be prone to excess condensation on the cold walls and ceiling surfaces due to dramatic fluctuations in temperature. When left unattended, this area of your home is a prime spot for mold development.

Your Calgary and Edmonton Mold Removal Experts

Mold in the home should not be ignored. Long term exposure can endanger your health with respiratory issues and a variety of allergic and irritant reactions- or worse. If you suspect you have mold it’s important to bring in professionals who have the correct training and experience to safely and effectively detect and remove all of the mold from your home. 24/7 Restoration is the leading mold remediation company in Calgary and Edmonton. To contact a professional mold specialist fill out the website form below or call 1-403-247-4365 to speak with someone from their team. Don’t let mold cause health issues for you and the ones you love; reach out today.

FAQs

Q: What does mold look like?
A: The most common mold you might find in your home is known as Alternaria. It has a soft, fuzzy texture and is typically brown or green in colour. Another type of mold in the home is commonly known as ‘black mold’, or stachybotrys chartarum. There are many other types of spores that can grow in the home and a professional mold removal technician will identify and remediate the issue.

Q: What can mold grow on?
A: Mold can grow almost anywhere that has the three elements it needs: air, moisture, and a surface to cling to. Drywall, wood, and fabrics such as cotton are great examples of areas where mold can grow in the home.

Q: What are the symptoms of mold sickness?
A: Some of the symptoms of mold exposure are:

  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Signs of allergies such as sniffling, sneezing and coughing
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory issues such as wheezing, sore throats and complications of the lungs
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