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Three Reasons Why Household Mold Loves Your Home

[ 0 ] June 22, 2010

Household Mold

Household mold is a common occurrence. Having it in your home has nothing to do with the cleanliness of your home. Some people think mold means your home is dirty. That’s not true at all. It simply grows in areas that provide the best conditions. You could have a new home infested with mold and an old home that has none. It depends on the situation.

An entire industry exists around mold removal and particularly household mold removal. That should let you know how often it occurs. Nevertheless, the question is why does it occur? There are actually several reasons. Look below for a few of those reasons and ways you can prevent them.

Here are three reasons why mold grows in a home:

1. The spores are microscopic. They can come into your home without you ever knowing it. They need moisture to start growing. Damp places in your home plus the spores equal a mold problem. Mold grows in and on homes because of the many possible damp places. It’s a great environment for the spores to settle and grow comfortably.

2. They can grow just about anywhere. They love feeding on almost any surface and material, especially stuff found in your home. They can feed on the walls, carpets, wallpaper, wood, wallboard, and paper.

A mold problem can develop as long as there’s moisture and a food source. You can’t do much about eliminating the food. You’re not going to get rid of your carpet or wall paper just because it might get moldy. Keeping your home dry is the better solution.

3. They love kitchens and bathrooms. These are often the two wettest places in your home. Leaky pipes are a huge invitation. A wet bathroom after a shower or bath is an invitation to bathroom mold as well. They also love to grow in cabinets where it is dark and closed most of the time. It makes a very good growing spot. Sink handles are also another trouble spot. They get wet often as well.

The one thing all of these reasons have in common is moisture. If you’ve got damp spots in your home, watch out for mold. Leaky pipes, condensation from the air, and steam from the bathroom are the main culprits. If you get those things under control, you’ll have very few problems.

You may have a problem if your basement or home smells musty. If you can’t account for the scent, you might have hidden mold growing in your home. You should also fix any leaks you discover.

You want to keep the air in your home safe. It’s important to prevent and remove household mold. Not all molds are toxic like black mold, but you should make it a point to get rid of them. Even if your health isn’t in danger, your home could start to look bad. A bathroom covered in mold is very unsightly. Plus, it could make someone in your family sick. Making your home clean and moisture-free will solve the problem.

How To Tell if There is Mold in Your Basement

[ 0 ] June 18, 2010

Basement Mold

There are a lot of things lurking in your basement. Aside from snakes, the worst thing you can have is toxic mold. Any type of mold, in fact is undesirable. You can initially sense its presence in your basement if there are musty odors around your house. Basement mold is usually hidden away in a crack or corner, but the smell is a great determining factor of its presence.

Here are some ways to determine if there is a mold infestation in your basement:

1. Check the floors and walls of the basement. Black mold appears in streaks or patches. It appears slimy and colored black or green or sometimes white with orange spots. Look for stains with yellowish tint, which is an indication that you have a mold problem. Check underneath sinks and around pipes as well.

2. Determine if there are musty or mildewy smells every time you go into the basement. You might also notice this smell in your house. Be alert if you smell these odors when you turn on the heating or air-conditioning units. There is a small possibility that mold has infested the systems. However, that rarely happens.

3. Check your basement using a mold-testing kit. They can be readily purchased from any hardware or home improvement store. You can also buy them online.  Have the kit tested in a mold laboratory to determine the type of mold present in the basement and the extent of its growth.

4. Look out for signs of black mold poisoning. Black mold is also known as toxic mold. It creates dangerous conditions in the home. Exposure to this can cause poisoning. Symptoms also include respiratory problems, coughing, headaches, and nausea, dizziness and skin rashes.

5. Look closely at organic surfaces in the basement such as evidence of water entry. Most probably, mold has grown on moist surfaces in the basement. Floor stains or remains of cardboard boxes that were wet and removed are important clues.

6.  Check out the backside of the basement stairs, most particularly those in the lower risers or treads. You will probably find mold growing in these areas.

7. Make sure to inspect furniture and other materials stored in the basement. Check out underside of game tables or furniture.

8. Check the insulation for mold and inspect further for dry wall mold. There is a great possibility that the cavities of a roof leak could cause mold growth on the hidden drywall surfaces.

9. Determine if the paint or wallpaper is peeling. This is a good moisture indicator and should warn you of the possibility of mold growth in these areas. If you do your laundry in the basement, keep in mind that un-aired clothes dryer can attract mold growth due to its humidity.

10. Check the shelves and closets in the basement for mold presence, especially if you keep partially dry clothes in the basement.

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