Mold growth often stems from water damage, but it can linger, often unseen, after its cause is addressed. Knowing where mold usually thrives can give you the advantage of knowing where to look for it and stop it from spreading. In today’s post, Special Touch Restoration shares a look at parts of your home that are most susceptible to mold growth.
Mold thrives in warm and moist environments, both of which happen to apply to bathrooms. Fixtures that utilize water, such as the bathtub, sink and toilet, have areas that are hidden from view. These spots tend to remain damp after you’ve used the bathroom. Mold may also grow on loose objects in the bathroom, such as shampoo bottles, washcloths and shower curtain.
Like the bathroom, the kitchen generates heat and moisture from cooking and from running hot water in the sink. There are also various areas in the kitchen that aren’t easily seen, which can be conducive to mold growth. Home restoration companies like us often find mold under the kitchen sink. The moisture from the kitchen plumbing and garbage bin, combined with the lack of light, are conditions that are favorable to mold growth.
Unless you’ve had your attic converted to a living space, chances are your attic is a large space that’s out of sight. Since warm air tends to rise, warm and humid air from your indoor spaces tend to go to the attic. A properly-ventilated attic would have exhaust vents at the ridges that release warm air, and intake vents at the soffits that allow cool and fresh air in.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
Fortunately, mold growth is preventable. Turning on exhaust fans when using the bathroom and kitchen can help reduce moisture in these areas. A whole-home dehumidifier system can help maintain indoor humidity levels, which can help make most areas of your home inhospitable to mold spores. Poor attic ventilation can be addressed by a roofing professional. In case you find widespread mold growth in your home, you need to have it removed by mold remediation professionals like us.
Special Touch Restoration is your leading provider of mold remediation and fire damage restoration services. Give us a call at (256) 330-4822 or (251) 512-1424. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.