HOW DOES MOLD GROW IN YOUR HOME?
Mold spores are everywhere in our outdoor environment, so naturally they end up inside our home, contained in our dust. However, you never want to have mold growing in your household. When mold grows indoors, it’s an indication of a moisture issue. Mold also grows best in warm temperatures, 77 to 86 °F (25 to 30 °C), although growth may occur between 32 and 95 °F (0 and 35 °C). All mold types require water or moisture grow. The key to controlling mold growth in the home is by controlling moisture.
CAN MOLD CAUSE HEALTH ISSUES?
Mold spores contained in our household dust isn’t usually a problem, unless there is a moisture source allowing them to grow. According to the EPA, some molds can cause health problems because of the allergens, irritants, volatile organic compounds and sometimes mycotoxins and endotoxins.
HOW CAN I REMOVE MOLD?
It’s impractical and even impossible to remove all mold spores from our homes. Our homes will always have aerosolized mold spores floating through the and settling on our surfaces. It’s normal because these particles can’t grow as long as things are kept clean and dry. Most small areas of mold throughout the house can simply be cleaned with soap and water. If the source of the moisture isn’t resolved however, the mold will grow back, eventually.
Small areas of mold probably don’t require professional remediation but you should protect yourself while cleaning it with N95 respirators, rubber gloves and goggles. Simple soap and water is sufficient. If the mold growth is extensive or on both sides of a material, removal and professional remediation may be necessary.
After cleaning, it’s important to allow materials to dry. Surfaces with topical mold only can usually be painted after thoroughly cleaned and dried. Again, make sure the source of the water has been resolved to avoid having the mold grow back again. If you have health concerns, contact a mold remediation professional or your physician.
MOLD PREVENTION TIPS
- Promptly dry spills or water damage whenever it’s discovered.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean and functioning.
- Routinely inspect plumbing fixtures for drips.
- Pay close attention to utility rooms where multiple plumbing fixtures reside.
- Note new, musty or unusual odors in your home.
- Keep relative humidity between 30 and 50%.
- Use a quality furnace filter.
- Consider purchasing a HEPA filtered vacuum for cleaning.
Need a Mold Remediation Professional?
Mold professionals are licensed and skilled tradesmen equipped with professional equipment such as HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) scrubbers, HEPA Vacuums, commercial strength dehumdifiers, and testing equipment. DryHero has the experience, equipment, and know how to take care of any mold problems you have. Call us today at 402-438-2379, we’re ready to assist you and answer any questions you may have.