One thing that we generally have in common is that when winter is upon us we spend the majority of our time indoors. We crank up the heat, keep the windows shut, and burrow as often as possible. This is the prime time for mold to rear its ugly head.
What mold really needs to grow and thrive is moisture, and your home provides plenty of that, no matter what the weather. However, when you turn your heating on, though, you create the perfect temperature for mold to get its start. So, as we head into winter it is imperative that you know what you are dealing with.
5 Things You Need To Know About Mold
1. It Takes Hold Fast
Did you know that a build-up of moisture (whether on the exterior or the interior) can spark the growth of mold is just 48 hours? That’s right, mold takes hold fast. That’s why it’s absolutely vital to address any moisture build-up as soon as you spot it. Mold can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home as well as being unsightly, so act fast to curtail it.
2. It’s Microscopic
It travels at speed and unfortunately for you, it’s airborne. That means mold spores can get in your home through your HVAC system, the windows, your pets, your clothing, your person, doors, and air. As noted above, once it’s in it grows quickly, so this shows just how important it is to ensure there isn’t any unnecessary moisture within your home.
If you do find mold, your first instinct will be to spray it down and wipe it away. That’s a bit like getting a gremlin wet – it thrives on moisture, so don’t give it food and wonder why it’s growing faster. Spraying it with a product will spur its growth into colonies that continue to breed. The result? Clusters of them on your floors, in your walls, all producing irritants, and allergens that are harmful to your health.
3. Regular Inspections
One of the most common causes of moisture and mold within the home is a leaking or broken pipe. It tends to create patches of water on walls and the floor. It’s vital that you address the water and moisture itself and deal with the source, too. Simply cleaning up the problem won’t suffice, you have to get to the root of the problem and solve it to prevent a recurrence.
You should create a checklist and walk your home regularly to make sure that everything is in working order. If you have a basement, attic, or crawlspace, you should check these areas even more often. Mold often grows in these areas before spreading – and the remediation costs can be quite high if mold isn’t deal with immediately.
4. The Odor
One symptom of mold is the smell. When it has had time to take root it creates an odor that is musty and your nose should lead you directly to the problem area. So, be sure to keep your nose on the hunt for any issues.
5. Humidity Levels
It would be wise to invest in a humidity monitor so you can keep track of the levels in your home. The ideal spot is less than 45%. So, if your monitor indicates you are above that then your home is in the perfect condition for mold to grow.
If you need any assistance or want to know more about mold in and around your home, call the professionals!