Mold 101: How It Grows in Your Home and Why You Have to Nip in the Bud ASAP

Mold is a simple microorganism, and mold growth requires an equally simple set of circumstances that may occur in any home. In most cases, mold growth isn't a result of poor housekeeping or inattention to sanitary issues. Actually, dormant mold spores exist everywhere in nature, including inside most residences. These latent fungi are usually undetectable and await only a few missing elements to become active and begin growth. Once active mold is established, reproductive spores are released into the air by the millions. These are often toxic to susceptible individuals and the process of growth and spread repeats itself until the source of the mold is discovered and professionally eliminated.

These are the three elements that will initiate mold growth in most homes:

  • Moisture " It can be in the form of acute saturation such as indoor water damage or as simple as chronic dampness from lack of ventilation in areas like bathrooms or the slow drip of hidden plumbing leaks. Mold can even activate when exposed to sustained high humidity in the air that may be an unavoidable feature of the local climate.
  • Food " Mold doesn't feed on crumbs or table scraps, but it does require organic material of some sort. Surprisingly, inside most homes airborne micro-particulates of organic material are plentiful, even a substantial component of common household dust is organic. In addition, building materials like wood and paper can supply mold food, as well as insulation and ceiling tiles.
  • Temperature " You probably like a comfortable household temperature somewhere in the 70s, and so does mold. However, it will grow even faster in warmer conditions. Professional mold remediation, not indoor temperature control, is ultimately the most effective anti-mold technique.

For more information on mold control in the home, contact the professionals at Rytech.

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