Mold in The Home

By
Home Inspector with Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection

MOLD IN THE HOME: PREVENTION AND CONTROL

Mold is a common occurrence in homes, which can potentially cause health problems as well as damage to structures and surfaces if it is not controlled. It begins growing indoors when spores come in contact with wet surfaces or substances. Once established, mold can be very difficult to remove successfully - so prevention is the key.

MOLD PREVENTION

Mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture. Moisture can take the form of leaks, spills, condensation, and humidity, so controlling sources of moisture is the most important step in mold preventions. Here are a few ways to avoid creating conditions in which mold will thrive:

  • Look for signs of leaks in supply and waste lines for bathrooms, kitchens, utility sinks, and laundry areas. Have any leaks fixed and dry the area thoroughly.
  • Check the condition of grout and tile on shower walls and floors
  • Increase ventilation to the outside by using exhaust fans, attic ventilation
  • Regularly empty and clean drain pans and hoses for air conditioning units and dehumidifiers
  • Check for roof leaks that cause water to enter attic spaces or build up under roof shingles
  • If possible, lower the humidity in the home to decrease condensation and create a less mold-friendly environment

Areas of the home that tend to stay damp, such as showers, may be more difficult to keep entirely free of mold but it can be minimized. Diligent cleaning, opening a window or using a ventilation fan are often enough to keep mold at bay.

MOLD REMOVAL

Once mold has become established in the home it can be difficult to eradicate. Depending on the location and severity of the mold problem, a homeowner may need to engage a professional certified in mold remediation to remove it. A qualified professional will also take preventive measures to lessen the likelihood of recurrences.

Comments (2)

Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO
A Big Amen to your post, Kelly.  I remember fighting mold continually when I lived in Florida, but we have our share in summer's humidity here in the ozarks too.
Apr 08, 2007 08:39 AM
Rick McCullough
Alert Home Services - Denver, CO
Good information for Home Owners to be aware of, Thanks for the posting.
Apr 08, 2007 07:46 PM