There are plenty of stories these days about mold being found in homes or businesses, about toxic mold and its related health problems, and about buildings having to be destroyed because of mold. Almost everyone has either heard of one of these problems, or knows someone who has. But what does it really mean for you? Could there be a mold problem in your home?
The easy answer is mold growth may occur in your home if there is sufficient moisture because mold spores are everywhere. Be on the lookout for these common sources of moisture:
• Roof leaks
• Plumbing leaks, drainage problems
• Damp basements and crawl spaces
• Steam from the bathroom or kitchen
• Condensation resulting from poor or improper insulation or ventilation
• Wet clothes drying inside the home or a clothes dryer venting indoors
• Poor or improper ventilation of combustion appliances
Indications of a moisture problem may include discoloration of the ceiling or walls, warping of the floor, or condensation on the walls or windows.
Any moisture problems can result in mold growth, but there are some areas of the home that are more susceptible than others including shower curtains, window moldings, shower stalls, and refrigerator door seals. Keep these areas mold free through frequent thorough cleanings, and avoid the moisture problems listed above, and you will go a long way towards keeping your home free of mold.