How to stop mold growth

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Control the moisture and you control the mold! The answer really is that simple. Moisture is a molds best friend. Although it is just one of four things that mold needs to thrive, it is the most important thing.

The real problem comes from correcting the source of the moisture. This could be caused by simple things like condensation build up in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms  or even by spilling a glass of water. More serious water buildup can come from things like plumbing leaks, unsealed doors or windows that build moisture or even foundation cracks. In any case, the water needs to be eliminated! Adequate ventilation plays a big role in this job.

Furthermore, mold needs food such as dust. Good housekeeping practices help to minimize this food source. Mould also uses the nutrients found in drywall, wood, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpet, fabric and paint, all of which commonly exist in a home or occupational work place.

How, where and why does mold grow

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Mold(s) reproduce by means of spores, or seeds. These spores will often settle on damp surfaces and begin to swell to 2-3 times their original size. As they do so, they begin to form thread like structures called Hyphae. As the Hyphae grow larger, they begin to interweave and form a mass called a Mycelium. This is the point where we notice mold with the naked eye. This cycle continues as the fungus matures and spores are carried away.

One of the key ingredients in mold growth is moisture. Mold(s) need moisture and nutrients to thrive. This is why we often find mold in places where water is present. Bathrooms, kitchens, basements and attics are some of the common culprits. However, even places or materials that seem or feel dry can hold moisture and start mold growth.


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To answer this question, we must look at what mold needs in order to grow. It comes down to four key ingredients. Spores (which are everywhere on this planet), nutrients (such as wood, paper or dust), moisture and time. When you have all four of these elements present in the same location and at the same time, you are vulnerable to mold growth.


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Molds are found everywhere in nature, both indoors and outdoors. There truly is no such thing as a mold free environment. As mentioned above, mold is most commonly found though in areas where its essential ingredients can be found. Common areas in the home include bathrooms, kitchens, basements and attics. If you want to learn more about where mold grows, then click the link to your left.