Damp House: The Whereabouts of Mold


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We can all agree that in every house and every environment, there are mold spores. And they can be such an annoying problem to deal with for a homeowner. First, we need to discuss some basic information about molds.

Do not be misinformed, not all molds are black! They come in different colors. Their appearance can vary depending on the type of material they grow on. If you are still unable to distinguish whether a “fuzzy” looking spot is a mold, the musty smell will back up your uncertainty. If it is indeed smelling damp, jackpot! You’ve got yourself an uninvited guest.

We may not realize it but we are probably exposed to molds more than we imagine because mold spores are in the air and infiltrate our homes through the doors, windows, and get this – even our clothing. They need moisture to survive as well as warm temperatures.

Molds grow in areas with a lot of moisture like windows, around roof leaks, and spots that have been flooded. Molds also grow in plumbing pipes. Because pipes are dark and moist, it is easy for molds to be formed. Leaks and condensation in pipes also help molds to spread.

In this blog, we will focus on some areas where molds are most likely to grow and how to combat its growth.

Windows


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If your house has poor air circulation, then moisture buildup will cause condensation on the windows. Condensation occurs when moist air comes into contact with windows that are cold. And we all know condensation attracts mold. The solution to condensation is better insulation. Energy-efficient windows are very effective in insulating. They prevent interior panes from getting cold. Do you have condensed windows? Maybe it is time to replace them with new ones that are energy-efficient.

Toilets


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The common areas where leaks are most probably to occur are areas with a large amount of water flowing. For instance, the base of toilets. They can cause leaks in the floor if certain connections are not connected in the right manner. It can be quite an expensive repair project if damage in the toilet to floor connection broadens. And on top of this, mold will be free as the bird to grow around the damage area.

Showers


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Do you have a shower that is continuously dripping? Well, you have guessed it right. Your shower can also be a mold haven especially the nozzle and the head. If your shower won’t stop from dripping, check for worn seal. The rubber washer is the feature that prevents water from leaking between the hose and showerhead. If it is damaged, have it fixed or better replace it with a new one.

Sinks


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If you happen to discover mold under your sink, clean it up as soon as possible. Possible causes could be a crack in pipe, leak in your sink, condensation, or plumbing joints that are loosen. As we all know, they like to grow in these usual areas. Check on every part of the sink for possible damages or leaks and have it fixed in time. It could also be from the stuff we stock under our sink like lotions, cleaning supplies, or containers with liquid so make sure to regularly clean your sink by decluttering and close all lids of containers under it.

Pipes

A clogged pipe can cause mold because when a pipe is obstructed, water tends to leak into the floors which will definitely attract mold. If you happen to notice your floors warping or walls that are discolored, most like there can be some water damage. If the damage outstretches the size bigger than 3 feet by 3 feet, it is advisable to acquire professional assistance as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Health Hazards

If your household is allergic to mold, then it is better to know ways to prevent them from growing. On the other hand, non-allergic households can still be affected by these maddening fungi. Exposure to mold can irritate nose, eyes, skin, throat, and lungs that may lead to serious illnesses. People who suffer from asthma or trouble breathing can become more sensitive to mold in their houses.

How to Prevent

As previously mentioned, the most common cause of attracting molds are leaks and other water damage. It is better to detect all damages and leaks as early as possible to prevent the mold from spreading. Here are some tips to prevent possible mold formation:

  • 1. Check your pipe fixtures on a regular basis.
  • 2. If you spotted mold, immediately clean it using vinegar, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • 3. As much as possible, keep your sink and bathroom areas dry. You can turn the bathroom fan before bathing and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes after you shower. This technique can help in the moisture reduction in your bathroom.

Sad to say, we are constantly living with mold. They are everywhere in the air. But with these simple tips, you would be able to create an atmosphere that prevents mold from growing.

If you think you have pipes that are leaky, it is best to have your plumbing checked by experts in your area to prevent other problems that may occur in the future.

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