Many households can be affected by mold, but never even know it. The dangers of mold span from allergies to the mold itself, and the disease that can grow from the bacteria present in the mold. This article will outline some of the main places mold can grow, and why it grows in these places.
Where Does Mold Grow?
Believe it or not, mold grows in many other places than the basement. Although mold is most often found in dark, damp places due to the condition of these areas, mold can grow in ceilings, behind counters, and anywhere else that is often damp. In fact, mold spores can often be laying dormant on almost every surface in the household or other buildings. Most of the time these spores aren’t a huge problem, but when the area becomes damp and these spores are activated, the spores begin to multiply and become a hazardous mess that is most often seen in the basement.
How to Predict Moldy Locations.
Predicting the the most likely places where mold will form and grow is not very hard to do. In order to predict the most likely place for mold to begin germinating, find the places in the building that become damp the most often. Since moisture is needed for the spores to begin germinating, these damp places often become infested with mold without the owner ever realizing it. Mold can be hard to see at first, but it quickly becomes a clear problem once the germination process has begun and the spores multiply. Since temperature also affects the growth of mold, any place that is between 60 and 80 degrees in usually at risk. Although mold may not immediately form (since most of the spores that are found are laying dormant) moisture causes these areas to quickly begin the germinating process, leaving the area moldy.
Another commonly moldy areas is the air conditioning unit in homes and bigger buildings. When the air condition unit is turned on, it can leave water in the area, leading to the perfect place for mold to grow. The dark, damp areas become the perfect breeding ground for mold, that can quickly become dangerous if they go airborne. Since the central heating and air is usually all in these locations, airborne mold reaches every room of the building, leading to a large health problem.
In conclusion, it is necessary to check any dark, damp areas that is usually between 60 to 80 degrees in temperature. These locations can quickly become hazardous to the occupants, so a check of these areas bt a professional will keep you and everyone else safe. One of the signs that you might have a mold problem is people getting sick more often. It this is happening you should contact a mold expert that can assess if you have a mold problem and how to take care of it.