What Causes Mold?
Mold is a fungus that can grow in many areas of the home if the conditions are right, which can spur many different health concerns for residents of the home. In order for mold to grow it requires, mold spores, a food source, such as wood or cotton, darkness, warmth, oxygen, moisture and time. If conditions are right mold can begin to grow within 48 hours. But what causes mold?
Wet air is a prime cause of mold, which can often lead to its growth in bathrooms. As moisture in the home evaporates it results in humidity indoors. If there is poor ventilation your home will remain humid for a long time. Be wary of drying clothes indoors or not cleaning up puddles of water in the bathroom.
An unknown source of water leaking into the home can result in mold growth. The most common types of leaks that cause mold include leaking pipes behind walls or under the floor, and roof leaks. Since these leaks generally go undetected for some time, it is not uncommon for mold growth to be quite extensive. Just because if you can't see the mold doesn't mean it isn't capable of causing health issues, including respiratory concerns.
Any cold surfaces in your home can result in condensation. It is common for condensation to collect on metal pipes and concrete flooring. Be sure to regularly check areas that may be prone to condensation, such as basements, for mold.
As mentioned, if your home does not have a decent ventilation system it can cause mold to grow since the air will not be circulating properly. Poor ventilation generally means it will take longer for wet surfaces to dry, resulting in higher humidity.
If your home has been subjected to flooding it is not unlikely that your house has mold growth. It is important to contact a flood cleanup specialist immediately following the onset of a flood from natural or in home causes, such as a burst pipe.
If you have discovered mold don't hesitate to contact a mold removal company. For professional mold removal in Phoenix and the surrounding area be sure to reach out to Arizona Restoration Specialists. We are experts at disaster and mold cleanup for residential and commercial properties. To learn more about our home restoration services in Phoenix please give us a call at (602) 663-9179 today.
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