Three words you never want to hear from an inspector: You’ve got mold. Those three short words can strike fear into the heart of any homeowner and send you into a tailspin of worry if you don’t know what you’re up against. That ends today.
5 Things You Need to Know
#1 Mold is literally everywhere.
Yuck. You read that right! Spores are everywhere. Inside outside, on your clothes, on your dog. The spores are microscopic and float in the air until they land on something and stick.
Sometimes they get into your home from outside via an open window or your AC unit. Other times, they grow and thrive inside your home in places where moisture accumulates. This is a little uncomfortable to think about, but it’s also normal. Mold is a fact of life, and it doesn’t always equal trouble.
#2 Mold can produce a strong odor. But not always.
Many of us think we’d know if we have a mold issue because we’d smell it. That’s partially true. Mold can produce a pretty intense odor, but that’s usually once the problem is more significant. Since mold is attracted to moisture, bathrooms tend to be a magnet for it. However, there are a lot of other scents in the bathroom, and sometimes, if you aren’t very sensitive, you can miss it. Shower soaps, body washes, perfume, and air fresheners can all mask the musky odor of mold.
#3 If you don’t address moisture, mold will hang around.
If you find mold and try to eradicate it (for example, by washing with bleach), but you don’t address the moisture problem that allowed it to colonize in the first place, chances are the mold will return. Mold and moisture are like two peas in a pod. If you have water droplets in the air and not enough ventilation, eventually, you’re going to get mold.
#4 Too much humidity inside can encourage mold.
Your bathroom isn’t the only place in your home that has the potential. Anywhere in your home can become a hotspot if the humidity in your air is too high. But you also don’t want it too dry, that’s not good either. Generally, the experts say you should keep the humidity between 30-50% in the warm months and between 30-40% in the winter to avoid condensation.
#5 Mold can cause big problems.
Mold can do more than bring allergens and irritants into your home. It can also damage furniture, building materials, and, in extreme cases, even the structure of your house. This is because as it grows, it’s digesting particles of whatever it’s growing on. Whether that’s your favorite wicker chair or your bathroom ceiling. All the more reason to watch for signs, treat any you find right away, and control moisture levels in your home.
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