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Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

“Mold” is a colloquial term that refers to a group of fungi that are commonly found on food or wet materials. Most of them produce a lot of spores. Mold growth found on damp building materials are also found in the soil and are adapted to grow on a wide variety of materials. Different species are adapted to different moisture conditions. A musty odor is a sign that you might have indoor mold. We are all exposed to a variety of airborne fungal spores in the air we breathe both indoors and out.

Mold in Your Home

In order to grow indoors, mold needs a moist environment. If you have water damage, prolonged high humidity or dampness, you may develop a mold problem. Sources of excessive indoor moisture include:

Flooding from overflowing rivers and streams or storms

Roof leaks due to blocked gutters, damaged roofs or ice dams

Sewer backups, overflows or leaking pipes

Damp basements or crawlspaces

Wind-driven rain through windows, doors and walls

Condensation on cold surfaces

Preventing Mold Growth

In order to prevent mold growth, you need to control excessive moisture and condensation in your home. Make sure to keep areas susceptible to dampness clean and dry. Mold needs moisture to grow. Three main factors that contribute to condensation on building surfaces include:

Temperature – Warm air holds more moisture than cold air. When warm, humid air comes in contact with a cold surface, condensation forms. You might notice this on single-pane windows.

Poor Ventilation – If there is not enough ventilation, humidity can build up inside. Use fans to keep air circulating in areas where there is little or no air movement.

Relative Humidity – When the air is saturated with water and it cannot hold any additional moisture, condensation occurs. You can use dehumidifiers indoors during warm, humid weather.

Controlling the moisture in your home will help prevent mold growth. Make sure to contact a professional in The Woodlands, Texas if your home suffers from water damage. Proper cleanup is necessary to prevent problems in the future.
Visit http://www.SERVPROthewoodlandsconroe.com for more information on mold.

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