How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home
Nobody wants mold to grow in their home. Yet nearly every day, we visit homes in Burke County where mold has taken residence. So what exactly causes mold growth, and how can you prevent it from happening in your home? We cover that below.
What Causes Mold Growth?
The truth is that mold is already in your home; in fact, it’s everywhere. Spores are in the air around you (indoors and outdoors), so it’s impossible to eliminate them. Fortunately for you, it isn’t much of a problem until it actually begins growing in your home.
Most homes present two of the three necessary components for mold growth: food (any organic material) and warm temperatures. The only reason mold isn’t growing in every home from Valdese to Morganton is because many homes lack the final ingredient: moisture. One of the most common reasons mold growth even begins is because of water damage caused by flooding, leaks, or a similar incident.
Preventing Mold Growth
Now that you know how mold growth begins, it’s important to understand how prevent it. While it’s easy to say “Don’t get your stuff wet,” it doesn’t help when disaster unexpectedly hits your home. Here are three things you can do to prevent mold growth:
- Dry wet areas immediately. Mold growth can occur within as soon as 24 hours once moisture is present. The longer you let areas stay damp, the higher your chances that mold will take hold.
- Let air circulate. Cold air is not very good at holding moisture, which means mold is less likely to grow in cooler areas. Make sure that air is circulating well in your home; you might even want to open your windows if the weather’s nice enough.
- Call a cleanup and restoration company immediately after water damage. You might have dried up the water from burst pipe, but don’t assume you’re in the clear. Floors and drywalls tend to absorb the water, which leads to mold growth that you can’t see until it becomes a serious problem.
If you follow the tips above and mold still grows in your home, call us at (828) 874-0966 and we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”