The Mold Menace

Mold can be found just about anywhere there is moisture, including the air. Most of the time mold does not affect humans in an adverse way; however, in some people with sensitivities or allergies, mold can be a problem. The best way to tackle mold issues is to learn about them and take precautions to prevent them from living in your surrounding environment.

What To Do About Mold

  • where is Mold Found?

    Mold can be found forming on any consistently moist surface indoors or outdoors. The most obvious places you’ll see mold is outdoors near leaky hose bibs, on rocks surrounding long-standing puddles, or around dripping air conditioners. In areas where there is lots of rain, mold can form on roof tiles, around windows, or wood piles. Indoors, mold can form on any surface that’s always wet or moist such as showers, inside walls where pipes are leaking, or basements on unsealed walls and floors. In rare cases, mold can be found building up inside air ducts that supply cooled or heated air to every room.

  • Prevent Mold Outdoors

    Whether you are sensitive to mold or not, you’ll want to do everything you can to prevent it from taking permanent residency in or around your house. Outdoors, clean out rain gutters after storms and at the end of the winter storm season. Eliminate or repair anything that’s holding water around your yard like buckets, dips in the yard, and leaky pipes. Inspect completely around all windows and doors for any cracks and caulk or re-caulk as needed. And of course, check your roof and chimney regularly for any damage or imperfections that can potentially allow water to enter the house or attic spaces.

  • Prevent Mold Indoors

    Inside the house you’ll want to check for moisture or water damage around windows, doors, ceilings, and in the kitchen and bathroom around sinks and bathtubs. Mold is commonly found in cabinets underneath sinks where drains have been leaking and inside walls surrounding bathtubs and showers that are not completely sealed. Mold will continue to grow in these areas until complete mold removal is performed and all water leaks are repaired. It’s a good idea to completely dry bathtub and shower walls and floors after every use. Inspect regularly all areas that use or release water or water vapor.

Repairing Mold Damage

Once mold gets a foothold inside a house and is allowed to remain for long periods of time, serious damage can be done to wood structures and wall panels. Drywall is notorious for absorbing moisture and provides ideal conditions for mold to thrive. If you have serious mold damage, contact a mold removal contractor or a general contractor to have the mold removed and the damage repaired.