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Why Is There Mold In My House?

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

The attic of a house with mold damage A home found a major mold growth when the homeowner went up in the attic. They immediately called us, and we helped them quickly and efficiently.

What Is The Source Of The Mold In My Home?

If you've had to tackle a mold problem more than once, you may be wondering why it grows in your Issaquah, WA, house. The truth is that mold is a natural part of the environment. When it's outside, mold breaks down dead matter, such as leaves and old trees. Mold reproduces by shooting out spores that can hang in the air and are easily transported by the wind, pets, and your shoes. If there is a wet spot or high levels of humidity in your home, mold, including black mold, could get tracked in and begin establishing a colony.

The Right Conditions for Mold Growth

There are several common moisture situations that could increase the risk of your mold in your home, including

• Aging appliances
• Broken pipes
• Broken water supply line
• Flooding
• Hidden leaks
• High humidity

It's impossible to completely get rid of all the mold and spores in your home. After all, you're probably tracking it in on a regular basis. However, there are many things you can do to decrease the risk of black mold development.

Clean Up Existing Mold

The first step is to conduct a thorough mold cleanup process. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may be able to do this yourself. If the affected area covers a large space, if it's difficult to find the source of the growth, or if you're not confident that you've found all of the mold, it's best to contact a mold remediation professional.

Cut Down the Moisture in Your Home

The next step is to focus on controlling your moisture problem. This means responding immediately whenever you find a dripping pipe or leaking house. Don't forget to look into dark, moist areas, such as inside your HVAC system. Although mold exists naturally, you can control black mold growth in your home with a quick response to any areas of moisture.

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