What is mold and why does it grow?
Mold is a broad term that describes several types of fungi that sprout from naturally occurring spores in the air. Mold appears when these spores settle in areas with conditions that create a fertile growth environment such as standing moisture or high humidity. One of the most common types of mold found indoors is mildew, which often appears as small black spots on the walls or grout in bathrooms, kitchens and other areas areas with high amounts of moisture.
What are the effects of mold?
When mold is present in a property, it creates risks to both the structure and its occupants. Removing mold from a property is a very time-consuming and costly endeavor; mold can grow under carpets, behind wallpaper and in your HVAC system so if you suspect mold growth, its best to call a professional who can thoroughly clean the affected areas. Mold also creates significant health problems for the property's occupants. If you live in a property where mold is present, you and your loved ones might suffer from increased sinus congestion, wheezing/coughing, throat irritation and sneezing.
How can I prevent mold from growing and detect potential problems?
Preventing mold spores from entering your home is nearly impossible, but you can prevent the conditions that foster mold growth. Moisture, whether it is generated by high humidity (50% or greater), water leaks or poor ventilation combined with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit allows for mold to cultivate. Wally Sensors constantly monitor your home for water leaks and temperature and humidity levels, notifying you when conditions for potential mold growth exist. Place Wally Sensors under the kitchen sink, near the shower or in the basement and set them to alert you when the humidity exceeds 50% or when standing moisture is detected. If you receive an alert from Wally, clean the area of any standing moisture or turn on an air conditioner or dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in the air.
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