5 Causes of Mold in Houses Most People Overlook
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Causes of Mold in Houses

5 Causes of Mold in Houses Most People Overlook

Do you know the top causes of mold in houses? Whether it’s white fuzzy patches on the floor of your basement, black spots on your shower curtain or glass door, or the slimy orange film on your kitchen drain, household mold is much more than disgusting to look it — it can make you and your family sick, especially those with asthma and allergies. Even if you’re not allergic to mold, exposure to this substance can result in irritations to your:

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  • Eyes,
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    Throat, and
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Instead of exposing your family or self to the harmful effects of mold, you can protect your family by understanding the top causes of mold in houses. Continue reading to learn more about the top causes of mold in houses and a few simple precautions you can take to prevent it.

Flooding Is One of the Top Causes of Mold in Homes

If your home has recently experienced a flood, it’s virtually inevitable you’ll have mold problems. In most instances of flooding, your home will be wet for a long time and will take several days or even weeks to dry out. Unfortunately, mold only needs a damp or wet surface for as little as 24 hours before it can begin to thrive.

However, extremely toxic molds — like Stachybotrys chartarum — requires much more extreme conditions than other molds. Unlike other types of molds, this dangerous mold needs several days of a very wet environment. And a flood creates the perfect conditions of your home being infested.

If your home has recently been through a flood, the professionals at UpRite Plus 2 offer innovative flood remediation services to restore your property following a flood.

Leaking Pipes Can Cause Mold in Your Home

If your home has water leaking from pipes, it’s creating the ideal environment for mold growth. However, the worst leaks are those that go undetected — such as inside of a wall — because they are out of view. Unfortunately, when most homeowners finally discover a pipe has been leaking in the wall, the mold has already began to grow and thrive.

Humidity Causes Mold in Homes

If you live in an area with high humidity or if the weather’s been humid for the last few days, you could start seeing mold begin to grow in your home. After several days of rain, it’s especially common to see mold begin growing on benches, walls, and other surfaces due to the damp air.

Using indoor clothes lines or stands has been proven to cause indoor humidity problems. In addition, your HVAC system could also cause humidity problems while it artificially cools or heats the air.

If you use a humidifier in your home, it’s important to make sure the humidity level is below 55%. Why? Because some molds only need the humidity level to be above 55% to start forming. Additionally, high humidity can help feed mold growth, which often results in damp materials and water puddles forming in the home and taking much longer to dry out. These wet surfaces and puddles — in turn — can create mold growth of their own.

However, a correctly sized air conditioner — preferably a central air conditioner — will work to control the humidity in your home. For smaller rooms like bathrooms, you can purchase items like DampRid Hanging Moisture Absorber to help keep the humidity down in notoriously humid areas.

Poor Ventilation

Just as high humidity causes mold, poor ventilation will do the same thing. A poorly ventilated home will create pockets of stagnant air where mold thrives. Water evaporating into the air creates additional moisture that should be circulated through exhaust fans, windows, and doors to keep the moisture in your home balanced.

Poor ventilation also means your wet surfaces will dry more slowly. This issue becomes even more important in places where there is a lot of steam, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

Damp Basements Cause Mold in Homes

In most homes, the basement will have higher amounts of humidity and moisture than other rooms due to poor ventilation. Most basements are colder and facilitate more condensation, which leads to humidity and dampness.

If you have leaks in your home, it will only make mold in your basement worse because it ends up running to the basement because it’s the lowest room in your home. In addition, basements are typically neglected, so mold can grow and flourish and may not be discovered until it has set in.

Contact UpRite Plus 2 for Mold Removal and Remediation

Whether the mold in your home is caused by extensive flooding, leaking pipes, excessive humidity, poor ventilation, damp basements, or any other cause of mold in your home; UpRite Plus 2 can help. We offer decades of experience effectively removing mold and remediating the damage from residences throughout the Long Island area — ranging from Montauk to Manhattan, including:

  • East Hampton
  • Suffolk County
  • Nassau County
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    Staten Island
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    The Bronx
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Regardless of where you live or how extensive or minor your mold problem is, Up Rite Plus will ensure the mold infestation is removed, and your peace of mind is restored.

About the Author Thomas Marr

Offering nearly four decades of industry experience in restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction, Thomas G. Marr is the president and CEO of ite Plus 2. He holds two certifications from the Florida Mold Institute — Certified Professional Mold Inspector and Certified Professional Mold Remediator — as well as a long list of other industry-recognized certifications. He brings brings a unique set of skills and expertise in all matters of flood, fire, and mold remediation, which has proven to be invaluable to businesses and homeowners throughout the New York area.

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