How do you feel when it rains? Does it soothe you or make you unhappy? Even if you enjoy the smell before or after it rains, you may not be as glad once you smell another telltale scent. That scent is an indicator of mold growth in your Cooksville home. Here are three common causes to keep an eye out for this fall.
Humidity brings moisture with it. Maryland is notoriously humid all year round, although it typically isn’t as bad in the winter. Part of the reason the weather can be so warm even in October is due to humidity. Unfortunately, the higher the humidity, the faster the mold will grow in hidden spaces. You might be tempted to use a humidifier to lessen the effects of dry weather, but you should cycle it on and off with a dehumidifier as well.
A leak in your roof, in your gutter, or in your Cooksville home’s siding can cause water damage problems. If water damage goes unaddressed for too long, especially after an incident that left your basement flooded, it can quickly encourage the growth of a mold colony.
Inspect the drywall on the inside of your home, and then look at your floors. These are the quickest and easiest ways to find any hidden leaks that are feeding the mold in your home. After all, Out of sight and out of mind is not the phrase you want to have associated with mold damage. Monitor the walls and ceilings throughout your home, especially if a hole has opened in the ceiling due to long years of neglect. Make sure to take a closer look at the stretch of ceiling around the attic too, just in case.
Your Cooksville home might also have ventilation problems. If you don’t ventilate your home properly, then any moisture is trapped inside, especially in laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms – anywhere with a high concentration of water and steam.
The air inside can stagnate and become a breeding ground for mold. If you have a ceiling fan in your bathroom, then you should run it. No fan, no problem – crack the window and let some of the warm, wet air escape after a shower or bath. Also, don’t keep your bathroom door closed after you finish, as this increases the ventilation in the room, allowing fresh air to come in.
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If you have even more questions about mold, mold damage, and how to get rid of it, or if you want the professionals to take care of it for you, you can trust North Arundel Contracting. Reach us by telephone at 410-766-2855 or by fax at 410-553-2367 and visit us online. Shoot us an email at [email protected] and for after-hours emergencies, page us at 410-541-0328. To find out what we are up to, or for more tips and tricks, follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.