Knowing What To Expect With Mold Growth In Your Home
As little kids, we worry about what could be hiding under our beds or in the crawl space of our homes. As a grownup, we have to worry about what could be growing under our beds or in our crawl spaces. Mold is a naturally occurring organism that is found both indoors and outdoors.
Household mold thrives in dark, damp, humid areas of your Westchester home, and can lead to serious problems. Here are the places in your home that are most susceptible to mold:
- Basements: Basements are, by definition, the lowest area of your home. By nature, they are darker and more damper than any place in your home. They attract extra moisture from ground seepage, rain, appliances, and plumbing. Basements being darker also helps foster mold growth even faster. Mold needs moisture in order to grow and once the moisture is available, mold will grow and spread at a speedy rate.
- Bathrooms: Bathrooms, especially showers, are prone to mold because of the high levels of humidity and large amounts of water that run through them. Ensuring that seals are tight, caulk is not peeled away and fixtures are cleaned regularly will help reduce mold growth in the bathroom. You should also ensure that ventilation in bathrooms works well and is used when showers are on or any other time there is excess moisture in the air.
- Attics: Attics are another common place to find mold because they tend to be more humid. Heat rises so naturally, the air in the attic will be warmer, contributing to the growth and spread of mold. Proper attic ventilation will help to reduce the amount of mold growth in the attic. You should also keep your roof in good shape and repair any missing or damaged shingles to prevent water damage from a leaky roof. Water damage often results in mold growth, so preventing one will help to prevent the others.
Mold in homes, while naturally occurring, can become a severe problem, especially when it starts affecting those who are exposed to it. Mold exposure can cause a number of respiratory symptoms including:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Itchy eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin irritation
These symptoms can be even more prominent and serious in infants, elderly members of the family, or those with asthma or underlying chronic conditions. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if family members are experiencing any of them, you may want to consider calling a mold removal specialist for a mold inspection. New Crystal Restoration specializes in mold removal services here in Westchester and in surrounding areas. We know how to identify mold and safely remove it from your home. We can also help solve any water leaks that may be contributing to mold growth. Do not wait on mold removal, it grows and spreads at such a fast rate that even a small growth can turn into a major problem within a matter of hours. Let New Crystal Restoration handle your mold removal project.