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At-Risk Items for Mold Growth in Your Home

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Black Mold Growth

Believe it or not, your home is a ticking time bomb for mold growth.

A number of items can quickly turn into havens for the growth, which turns into mold damage that may do lasting harm to your Watertown, NY, home. When faced with mold and mildew growth, awareness is the best form of prevention. But how can you prevent what you can’t see?

Know Which Items Are at Risk

The best way to keep mold damage from taking over your home is to keep a sharp eye on items that are frequent breeding grounds for various types of mold. These items include:

• Wood and drywall walls
• Wooden flooring
• The undersides of laminate and vinyl flooring
• Windowsills and window frames
• Paper screens
• Books
• Old paper brochures, menus, etc.
• Curtains
• Carpeting
• Furniture upholstery
• Wooden furniture frames and backing

This may seem like the entirety of your house, but the common factor here is that all of these things are organic. Mold feeds on organic matter and can take root and grow on just about anything. With mold continuously active and present as spores in the air around you at all times, it’s less a matter of if mold will strike and more a matter of when.

So What Makes Mold Grow in Your Home?

Organic matter alone isn’t enough to trigger an explosion of mold growth. For mold damage to occur, you need to also have a moist environment. That means if you watch out for leaks, drainage issues, humidity, and excess moisture, you can often stop mold from proliferating before it starts. If you’re already seeing a mold problem, you may need mold remediation services, but don’t let that stop you from doing everything you can to keep mold from spreading. Air out and dry out your home to facilitate a mold-free environment.

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