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How Mold Spreads and How To Prevent It

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What is Mold

Mold is a form of fungi that sprouts from microscopic spores that are everywhere in our environment. These spores are inactive, however, they will propagate when in the right conditions. A few factors that will cause mold to grow include temperature, moisture, lack of air movement, and time.

How Mold Spreads

In the right environment, mold can grow and reproduce within 48-72 hours. Mold spores easily travel through your house via air ducts, people, and pets and root themselves into walls, ceilings, carpets, and other surfaces. If those spores land where the conditions are right (moist, warm, etc.), they will begin to grow there. If you see mold growing, call our mold remediation experts at Restoration 1 so we can take action immediately.

How To Prevent Mold Growth

To start, it is a good idea to have regular home inspections. Here the home inspector will look for water damage and mold growth and will help you be proactive in fixing mold-friendly environments before a mold problem even occurs. Here are a few ways to prevent mold growth in your home:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can – Your humidity level in your home should be no higher than 50% at any point during the day. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers will help keep that level low. If you are curious, most home improvement stores carry a tool/meter you can use to measure your humidity level.
  • Fix leaky roofs, windows, walls, and pipes quickly.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in the shower, laundry, and cooking areas.
  • Install an air purifier and also have your HVAC ductwork professionally cleaned.
  • Monitor common problem spots like the bathroom, laundry room, attic, and basement.

What To Do When You Find Mold

If you find mold in your home, do not touch it or try to clean it. Disturbing it will only cause it to release more spores into the air. Reach out to a mold remediation professional like Restoration 1 of New York. Our IICRC-Certified team will safely contain and remove mold growth using professional products and equipment. 

For more information about moisture and mold safety in your home refer to this document provided by the EPA: https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2016-10/documents/moldguide12.pdf

 

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