Having indoors mold growth can be frustrating. This parasitic fungus not only destroys the beauty of the thing it grows on, but it can also cause some health problems.
According to the CDC, mold can lead to symptoms such as wheezing, stuffy nose, and eye irritability among people who are sensitive to it. Those who are allergic to mold or have asthma may experience more intense reactions such as fever and shortness of breath.
Of all the different types of mold, the most dangerous among them is black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum. Aside from flu-like symptoms, black mold is also said to cause immunotoxicity when ingested, idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage in infants, difficulty sleeping, and much more.
Given these facts, it’s essential to prevent mold growth at all costs. But what exactly is the cause of indoors mold growth? Generally, mold requires very specific conditions to grow. It mostly thrives in high humidity, damp and dark environments with temperatures ranging from 22 °C and 35 °C.
In addition, mold requires oxygen to grow and enough substrate to provide the nutrients. Many places in our homes could potentially provide these ideal conditions. For this reason, many people are never even aware that they are harboring indoors mold growth, which can be dangerous in the long run. To help you prevent mold growth, here are some common places you can check for this pesky type of fungus.
- Under the sink
- Beneath wallpaper and drywall
- Bathroom (Check for mold in the toothbrush holders, around the toilet and tub, between the tiles, and on the bathroom mat)
- Refrigerator drip pans
- Front-loading washing machines
- Window seals and sashes
- Air conditioners
While these are the most common areas that you will likely find indoors mold growth, you should still be aware of other high humidity areas in your home. Significant occurrences of this fungus in your home should signal the time to consider waterproofing your house. Doing so can prevent future mold growth for years to come.
In that case, give us at Barrier Waterproofing Systems a call today at 615-257-1060 and we will ensure that mold growth in your home becomes a thing of the past.