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4 Common Water Sources That Enable Mold Growth

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling damaged by mold growth in a Dickson, TX home

Here Are Some Water Sources That Enable Mold Growth

Many homeowners fear the presence of black mold. This mold strain known by the scientific name of Strachybotrys chartarum has an especially infamous reputation. Like other types of mold, it flourishes in indoor areas with a moisture problem. The key to preventing its growth is staying on top of areas in a home where water leaks or high humidity can be an issue. Here are some water sources that enable mold to gain a foothold in a home in Dickson, TX:

1. Floods. Any time water comes into a home from an outside source, it increases the humidity level of a property. Even after the water recedes, the area stays moist, creating a perfect condition for mold growth. Just as importantly, the water may have been contaminated with chemicals and sewage. A mold remediation company can deal with both issues at the same time.

2. Leaky Plumbing. Even a slowly leaking pipe creates enough moisture to encourage black mold growth. If the leaking occurs behind the walls, the problem can take some time to spot. Fortunately, a professional mold cleanup can reach into hard to access areas of a home.

3. Leaky Roof. Minor leaks in the roofing system are not always spotted right away. The water drips into the attic and soaks into the walls and insulation, never making it into the living space below. Still, this enough for mold spores to grow into colonies. To address the problem, the roof should be repaired and the mold killed and scrubbed clean with disinfectants.

4. Bathrooms. An active bathroom tends to have higher than average humidity. If ventilation is poor, this could be enough for mold to grow. Removing the mold growth and improving the ventilation could be enough to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
Whether a home is faced with black mold or another strain of mold, the problem should be addressed quickly. Tackling the moisture problem is a necessary step.

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