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Preventing Mold Growth in your home

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth in a home This photo shows mold growth on the walls, floors, and ceiling of a home.

Molds are very common in buildings and homes. Mold will frow in places with a lot of moisture, such as leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents and heating and air conditioning systems.  Mold can appear fuzzy, discolored or in slimy patches that increase in size as they grow. You can usually see or smell a mold problem. The key to preventing mold growth is to identify and control moisture and water problems. Mold spores are everywhere, including your home and they can grow on any surface that has sufficient moisture.

Common sources of moisture are:

  • Roof leaks
  • Indoor plumbing leaks
  • Outdoor drainage problems
  • Humidifiers
  • Wet clothes drying inside the home
  • A clothes dryer venting indoors
  • Poor or improper ventilation of heating and cooking appliances
  • Condensation on cool surfaces
  • Damp basements and crawl spaces
  • Steam from a bathroom or kitchen

If you see signs of mold, call us today at (802)-375-1500.

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