How You Get Mold - Like You're Trying To, Right?

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How you Get Mold in Your home - And where it comes fromleaks lead to mold

Mold can grow anywhere, most prominently on plants, vegetables, in soil, and most unfortunately, in your home.

Mold growth in your home can lead to anything from everyday health problems to even death.

Many think they don't have any mold in their home and think they have nothing to worry about. But you may be seriously wrong about that. Almost everybody has some form of mold growing in their home, even new homes. The newer homes may even have more if they were built during wet seasons and moisture has been sealed up inside the home. It is important to watch for signs of mold growth and for conditions in which mold can grow.

Mold starts when mold spores that are floating in the air land on water. Water from a leak, condensation or standing water somewhere in your home can cause these spores to go wild. No matter what season it is, there can be spores and therefore mold can grow. Heat from the summer months and moisture can cause the growth of mold to intensify. Mold growth is prominent in bathrooms and kitchens where humidity and water come into place, but it is important to know that mold can grow anywhere.

leaking faucets causes moldCleaning up certain spills, or drying where a water or leak has occurred carefully can help alleviate mold from growing. Carpet padding and moist areas that don't see much light are perfect breeding grounds for mold to grow. You also need to pay close attention to leaving damp towels lying around or dishes too long in the sink.

Once you have a mold problem, there are very few ways to get rid of it completely on your own. You need to start with fixing leaks, cleaning and disinfecting the area. If it is not done properly or you don’t notice the problem until it’s too late, it may be time to call in a certified mold expert. Only with proper testing can the situation be analyzed and cleaned up.

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Ilyce Glink
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Thanks for these tips on dealing with this nasty problem.

Feb 15, 2011 12:51 PM #1
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Pat Laracy Baker
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Great post.  I think with all the ice dams this is another problem and chance for mold growth.

Feb 15, 2011 12:52 PM #2
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David Snell
Snell Experts - Charlotte, NC
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You are very welcome Llyce.

David Snell

Feb 15, 2011 12:53 PM #3
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David Snell
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Did you guys know that there has been a 1,100 increase in mold related claims over the past decade?  Farmers Insurance

Did you know that there has been a 93% of chronic sinus infections which have been attributed to mold? Mayo Clinic

Did you know that there has been a 300 percent increase in asthma over the past 20 years? USA Weekend

Did you know that 100 percent  of mold have the potential to cause health effects. Environmental Protection Agency.

Did you know that there has been a 200 percent increase in construction defect mold litigation over the past 5 years? American Bar Association.

Did you know that at least 30 percent of new homes built have mold problems? CNN Money

 

These are not my numbers so any of you who want to agrue or debate this please contact the above organizations.

Thank you,

David Snell

Snell Experts and Executive Restoration

 

Feb 15, 2011 01:04 PM #4
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Richard Weeks
Waller Group - Dallas, TX
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Great advice.  Thanks for sharing.  Would you mind if I share with my students?

Feb 15, 2011 02:10 PM #5
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David Snell
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Yes, by all means please do share this with your students.

Email us if you need any other info or we can help you or  your students in any way.

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Feb 15, 2011 02:59 PM #6
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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Deny, Deny, Deny. Home owners will deny they have a problem, while blowing their nose, right in front of you. They'll usually deny, or not recognise the everyday water sources in their home. What they need to deny is mold the water.

Deny mold the water to grow and propigate. Thats all. (But it's not easy.)

Feb 15, 2011 03:07 PM #7
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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
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And my kids wonder why I yell at them about damp towels lying around!!  I should make them read this post!

Feb 15, 2011 07:59 PM #8
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Josh Robbins
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A high level of mold can act as a trigger for a number of medical ailments.  If you believe your home may have a mold problem, it is best to talk to a professional about having a mold test / mold inspection.

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