There is WHAT growing in my home?!

There is WHAT growing in my home?!

Mold is more common in homes than what you think! While it is a major concern for homeowners, there are things you can do to help prevent mold from taking over your home!! 

We live in Southeastern Tennessee where the humidity is ROUGH. In our radio show, Real Estate Today with Cindi & Jody we went directly to the experts. We spoke with Servpro professional Jeff Gregory on the largest factors that cause mold in the home, how a homeowner can test for mold, and what preventatives you can take to avoid mold in rooms that have water/moisture in them. So let’s dive into the good stuff! 

What even is Mold, Mildew, & Fungal Growth?

A lot of people think that mold is just that fuzzy green stuff that grows on your old bread or that container you put in the fridge a few weeks ago, but really mold can look different in every situation! Mold and mildew are types of fungi that thrive in damp, humid environments. While they share similarities, they have distinct characteristics. Mold appears in various colors, such as black, green, or red, and often has a fuzzy or slimy texture. It can penetrate surfaces, making it more challenging to remove. Mildew, on the other hand, typically appears as a powdery, white or gray substance that remains on the surface and is easier to clean​ (The Spruce)​​ (homesandgardens.com)​. So if you see anything that looks suspicious in your home, in our opinion it is better to be safe than sorry! 

Do All Homes Have Mold Spores?

As Jeff said on our show, your house will talk to you! This unfortunately means that there are mold spores that will be found in every home, but don’t freak out yet! The last thing we want is for a home to have weird stuff growing on the wallsLike we’ve mentioned before, there are so many things that you can do to prevent the mold from taking over. While there are mold spores in every home, they will only grow and thrive into colonies when they land on surfaces with a sufficient amount of moisture.​ (This Old House)​.

Is Mold Dangerous?

Have you ever stayed somewhere that caused your throat to get a little scratchy or when you left you felt like you had a cold? Those can be signs of mold growing in the home! Mold can pose significant health risks, particularly to individuals with allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems. Common symptoms include respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and in severe cases, exposure to certain types of mold like Stachybotrys chartarum (black mold) can lead to more serious health problems​ (This Old House)​. This is why it is super important to look for the signs of mold growth in your home!

Where is Mold Commonly Found?

A better question to ask may be, “Where can I find the most water in my home?” Mold thrives in areas with high moisture levels. Common locations include bathrooms, kitchens, basements, crawl spaces, and around windows or roofs with leaks​ (The Spruce)​​ (CDC)​. So if you are worried about mold, it is always best to reach out to a professional to check for you, but you can look in these places first for the signs of mold. 

What are the Largest Factors in a Home that Cause Mold?

The primary factors that contribute to mold growth are moisture, poor ventilation, and lack of sunlight. Leaky roofs, broken pipes, and high humidity levels are significant contributors​ (The Spruce)​​ (This Old House)​. So if any of these factors sound familiar to you, it may be a safe option to reach out to a professional to be sure you are taking care of any damage before it gets too out of control! 

How Does a Homeowner Test for Mold?

Homeowners can purchase mold testing kits available at hardware stores. These kits usually involve collecting samples from suspected areas and sending them to a lab for analysis. However, professional testing is recommended for more accurate results​ (CDC)​.

SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO's mold remediation process involves several steps, including:

  1. Inspection and Assessment: Identifying the extent of mold damage.

  2. Containment: Preventing the spread of mold during the cleanup process.

  3. Air Filtration: Using specialized equipment to capture mold spores from the air.

  4. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials: Thorough cleaning and disposal of contaminated materials.

  5. Cleaning Contents and Belongings: Using various cleaning techniques to sanitize belongings.

  6. Restoration: Repairing and restoring affected areas to their original condition​ (homesandgardens.com)​.

Preventative Measures to Avoid Mold

To prevent mold growth, consider the following tips:

  1. Control Humidity Levels: Keep indoor humidity below 50%. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners during humid months​ (CDC)​.

  2. Ensure Proper Ventilation: Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Ensure that your home has adequate ventilation.

  3. Fix Leaks Promptly: Repair any leaks in roofs, walls, or plumbing immediately to prevent moisture buildup​ (CDC)​.

  4. Use Mold-Resistant Products: When building or renovating, use mold-resistant drywall and paint with mold inhibitors​ (CDC)​.

  5. Keep Areas Dry: Wipe down wet areas, such as shower walls, and clean bathrooms regularly with mold-killing products​ (CDC)​.

  6. Avoid Carpet in Moist Areas: Do not install carpet in bathrooms, basements, or other areas prone to moisture​ (CDC)​.

By understanding mold and taking proactive measures, homeowners can protect their properties and ensure a healthier living environment. For professional help, consider reaching out to experts like SERVPRO who offer specialized services in mold remediation.

 

Take the initiative to be sure you prevent mold growth in your home before it invades your safe place! 

If you want to hear more about Mold in your home, check out our Youtube Channel & listen to Real Estate Today with Cindi & Jody! 

Want to speak to the experts? Call Servpro at (423) 326-1406 and ask for Jeff Gregory! 

 

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