Where Does Mold Commonly Grow?
Category : About Mold
Mold can grow both indoors and outdoors but prefers dark, warm, moist areas, especially when it’s growing inside. When mold grows inside of your home, it’s often easy to remove but when it grows on porous surfaces, the damage can be extensive and can grow into the material.
Common Places Mold Grows:
- Air Ducts
If you notice mold in any of these areas, we highly recommend calling in a professional to assess and remove the mold for you. By familiarizing yourself with the causes of mold in specific areas of your home and on certain surfaces can help you address any mold-related problems.
Mold on Walls
Mold that is growing on non-porous painted walls is typically fairly easy to remove. Before opting for a mold-killing solution, start with a damp cloth and try to wipe the mold away. If this doesn’t work, solutions such as borax, vinegar, and bleach will kill mold and remove it from your wall.
If mold begins to grow on porous materials, such as drywall, the removal process is a little bit more difficult as the mold will penetrate into the surface and the entire section will need to be removed in order to get rid of the mold.
Signs to Look Out For:
- Peeling paint
- Visible signs of mold
- Strange odors
- Allergy-like symptoms only in a specific room
Causes of Mold Growing on Walls
Condensation, high humidity levels, and water leaks are the most common causes of mold growth on, in, and behind walls. Condensation is most likely to form on exterior walls and when clothing is dried indoors and humidity levels increase when there is an excess of steam from hot water. Water leaks will also cause mold to grow due to the increase in moisture, which is what mold thrives off of.
Mold on Ceilings
When mold grows on your ceiling, this is a sign of high humidity levels, condensation build up, and water leaks. The tough part about mold growing on ceilings is that most ceilings are made out of a porous material, meaning you’ll have to remove the entire section that is affected and replace it.
Mold in Basements
The typical basement is dark, damp, and humid, making it the perfect (and most common) area for mold to grow. If your home experiences any type of water leak, it will often affect the basement since the water often flows right down to the basement. Mold in your basement can spread quickly and have a huge impact on the support beams and frames in the room.
Mold in Air Ducts
Mold often lurks in air ducts and HVAC systems and by performing regular maintenance and cleanings, mold will be less likely to grow.
Mold in Insulation
If your home has experienced water leaks in your ceiling or walls in the past, it’s wise to have the insulation in those areas checked for mold. Mold can be sneaky when growing in insulation, so be sure to check the material thoroughly. If mold is found, simply remove that section of insulation and replace it with fresh, clean insulation.
If you’ve noticed mold in your home, give BGS Environmental a call today at (774) 226-5911.