to grow in a home. Mold growth is more rapid in areas with high levels
of moisture. High indoor humidity, water leaks, flooding and
condensation are all situations that increase the growth of mold. Some
common places within a home for mold to grow include:
Moisture seepage causes mold on walls, floors, carpeting and other
materials that are stored in the basement.
ventilation on humid air through a cooler space or complete lack of
ventilation can cause condensation. Dirt floors allow moisture and
unwanted gas to enter the building envelope.
Moisture causes mold on shower walls, ceramic tiles, and fiberglass.
The proper use of exhaust fans can help with bathroom mold growth.
Damp towels, wet clothing and drying clothes without a vent can
cause mold growth.
Boiling water often using no exhaust fan can cause mold to grow.
Mold is also common in automatic defrosting refrigerator pans.
Storing damp or dirty clothing can cause mold growth.
Lack of ventilation, darkness, warmth and dampness can cause mold
Some common signs of mold
in a home include a musty odor and the
discoloration of surfaces. Mold
can cause surfaces to change color to white, green, brown, black or
orange. It is important to pay attention to these warning signs since
mold can lead to a home's structural damage as well as produce
allergens, irritants and in some cases- potentially toxic substances.
Removing moisture from a
home is the first step in preventing mold growth. The
ventilation system removes excess moisture from a home, improves the air
quality and helps prevent the formation of harmful, damaging mold.
Furthermore, it also exhausts mold spores and
MVOCs, the gas that
mold generates (which is what you smell).