Why Your House Gets Mold

by Claire on March 28, 2016

Household mold is quite common and it has no bearing on how clean your home is. It simple grows in places where the conditions are right. You can buy a brand new home and find that it’s got tons of mold while an old home is totally mold free. It just depends on the circumstances.

There’s a whole industry that deals only with mold removal and household mold is a large part of that. This should tell you just how often houses develop mold. Most people, however, question what makes it grow in the first place.

There are various reasons that it happens. Following are three of those reasons:

  • Microscopic spores: These spores can get in your house and you’ll never know it because they travel in the air. They must have moisture to grow. When the spores hit one of the damp areas in your home, mold will start to grow.
  • Mold grows just about any place: It loves to feed on nearly all surfaces and materials. Mold can easily feed on the carpet, walls, wood, paper, wallpaper and wallboard that are found in homes. All mold needs in order to grow is a food source and moisture. Now, obviously, you don’t want to tear up your carpet or rip off your wallpaper to take away the source of food. However, you CAN prevent mold just by keeping your house dry.
  • Kitchens and bathrooms are mold favorites: Many times the 2 places in your home that stay damp are the kitchen and the bathroom. Leaky pipes, humid bathrooms following bathing, dark cabinets, and wet sink handles all are sources of mold. Basically, any damp area of your house is a breeding ground for mold, but your kitchen and bathroom are the places where the most moisture congregates. So keep an eye on these areas and make sure they stay dry.

Basements can be problem areas. If your basement or house has a musty smell, it may be coming from a mold problem in your basement. This is especially true if you can’t locate the source of the odor. Check for leaky pipes and damp, dark areas in your basement to see if this is the cause. If you locate any leaky pipes, you need to fix those immediately.

A huge part of keeping the air in your house safe is preventing and removing any household mold that may be present. All molds aren’t toxic, but they still need to be removed from your home if you have any. Yes, some molds can cause illness, but even if yours doesn’t, it can still make your house start to become unattractive. A mold covered bathroom is quite ugly, and there’s always the chance that it could get bad enough to cause illness. Keeping your house clean and dry will prevent a mold problem.

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