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.