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What causes Mold to begin growing in the home?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Photo of mold spores under a microscope Photo of mold spores under a microscope

We have likely all experienced mold growth on spoiled food, but experiencing mold growth on
elements of your home is a much larger concern. Mold is a stubborn and pernicious
species—once it is allowed to take hold, it can cause serious damage and even structural
concerns in the home.
Understanding the characteristics of mold is key to preventing it from growing. Below, we will
look at what mold is, why it grows and how to prevent it so you can keep its spread at bay.

What Is Mold?
Mold is an organism that is always found in the air, both indoors and outdoors. However, it only
becomes a problem when it is allowed to take hold and start growing.
There are several different types of mold that display different coloring and growth patterns, but
all of these can cause serious damages if left untreated and must be remediated as quickly as

What Encourages Mold to Grow?
Mold spores may be constantly floating around in the air, but they can only begin to grow if
conditions are right. Mold can find its way into homes through open doors, windows, HVAC
systems and even by hitching a ride on the clothing of people or the fur of pets.
The only concern is when these mold spores find their way to areas of excessive moisture.
Areas that have flooded, are experiencing leaks or other types of water damage, or areas that
are extremely humid are all susceptible to mold growth. Mold tends to prefer porous materials
such as wood, drywall, carpet, insulation and fabric, but it can grow in a variety of places.

  • How Can I Prevent Mold Growth in My Home?
    Because mold can be extremely stubborn and difficult to handle once it takes hold in the home,
    it is best to approach it with a strategy of prevention instead of remediation when possible.
    Some key ways to prevent mold growth include:
    * Having water damage professionally treated as soon as possible after a leak
    * Promptly repairing any areas that may have grown prone to leaks
    * Increasing ventilation in humid areas without much airflow, such as bathrooms
    * Using a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels in the home under 50% at all times
    *When you discover mold in your home, having professional mold remediation is a must—and
    we are the team to call. Contact us today at 605-213-3303 to learn more about our services.

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