Mold: Causes and Prevention
Mold is a widely-occurring and dangerous problem that can lead to various complications for both health and home.
To reduce the chances of a mold outbreak, it’s important to be aware of what causes it and what steps to take to keep it from growing in your home.
Causes and Complications of Mold
Mold needs certain conditions to grow, including moisture, darkness, warmth, and time. As all of these conditions can be found in many places in your home, the one you really want to control is moisture.
Moisture can come from many different source, but commons ones are humidity, condensation, poor ventilation, and leaking pipes, roofs, or windows.
In addition to moisture, mold needs darkness, non-freezing temperatures, and some kind of ‘food’ source, such as wood or drywall. It doesn’t take long for mold spores to develop – within 24 hours mold can start growing.
These ingredients make basements an ideal breeding ground for mold, and because the basement is usually a less-visited and infrequently cleaned part of the house. Often mold can grow for weeks or months unnoticed.
This can lead to various negative effects on health. Mold frequently exacerbates pre-existing conditions such as asthma and allergies. Additionally, the presence of mold is linked to the development of infections such as bronchitis and other similar respiratory illnesses.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – installing a moisture mitigating basement coating can save your bank account and your health.
This helps to prevent moisture (not water) from coming up through the floor and walls, preventing further outbreaks. Increasing the ventilation and using dehumidifiers can also greatly help.
Mold is a common household issue, and one that you can eradicate and prevent. If you take the right steps towards prevention, you can protect yourself against damage to health and property and keep your home and family safe.