Mold is both unsightly and terribly pungent. Whenever I have a mold situation, it coats and clings to my mind just as much as it coats and clings to carpet, walls and various other places. In order to properly prevent and treat mold, you need to know what it is and what conditions cause it.
Before mold can crop up, there are certain conditions that have to be met, including mold spores, oxygen, warmth, time, moisture and cotton/drywall/wood or anything else that can sustain mold. Since all of the other conditions are usually always present in your home, the real catalyst for a mold outbreak is moisture. Humidity is another major catalyst for mold. If it has been raining for a few days or if it’s humid outside, you might start to notice mold starting to grow on various surfaces. United Restoration and Construction recommends that you be especially vigilant about spotting mold if you live on a coast or near a large body of water.
Down in the Basement
If you have a basement, I recommend that you also constantly be on the lookout for mold. Damp basements are excellent petri dishes for mold. One of the main reasons that basements are an ideal spot for mold is because they are usually poorly ventilated. If humidity can’t escape through windows and vents, then it becomes a breeding ground for mold. If you have any leaks in your home, chances are good that they’ll eventually trickle down to your basement and could possibly produce mold. Since many people often neglect their basements, it might be a while before they notice that they have a mold or moisture problem. Take a look down in your basement every couple of weeks to make sure there aren’t any moldy surprises growing down there.
If you ever notice that you have a mold problem or any other type of moisture problem, be sure to give the professionals of United Restoration and Construction a call.
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