Molds can be found everywhere. These fungi have a very high reproductive potential and can produce millions of tiny spores. The spores are so light they can be carried even by slightest air currents and spread widely. Once they find a favourable spot, they will start to germinate and colonize the area. Moisture is the most important factor for mold growth, so they are often found around leaky pipes, after flooding, and in rooms with high air humidity. They can reproduce very fast and quickly form visible colonies. Infestation is usually followed by a musty, unpleasant odour.
Considering that mold can negatively affect human health and cause a variety of respiratory issues, if there are any signs of their growth it is advised to have a mold inspection.
How to Prevent Mold
Due to their persistence and wide spread, many homes in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and beyond have mold problems. The good news is that they can be prevented in a few simple steps.
- Immediately dry wet areas – Molds thrive in humid spots, so by removing excess water they won’t be able to grow. Use a dry cloth to clean drops of condensation off windows, water from the bathroom floor after taking a shower, the area around the kitchen sink after washing the dishes and other spots that are prone to moisture buildup.
- Increase air circulation in your home – Areas that are ventilated properly are less prone to mold growth, as good air circulation helps to prevent high air humidity and speeds up water evaporation. Proper ventilation is one of the most important factors that contribute to good air quality in the home, so make sure to keep your windows open or your HVAC system on.
- Repair leaks immediately – Molds often occur after leaks and floods, as water stuck in the building material provides favourable conditions for them to establish and thrive. Inspect your roof, pipes and faucets for damage, and if you notice a leak or wet stains on the wall, find the source as soon as possible and repair the damage.
- Make sure your home is well-insulated – All buildings get worn out by the elements after some time, so it’s very important to repair the façade in a timely manner, and ensure that the building is well-insulated. Otherwise, moisture from precipitation can get into the cracks in the building material and create a favourable environment for molds.
Sometimes even in spite of best preventive efforts, molds can occupy an area and severely decrease air quality. To be sure that your home is not at risk of an infestation, it is best to have a professional mold inspection. If you are looking for trusted, experienced inspectors in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and beyond, reach out to Inch by Inch Inspections. Inch by Inch’s staff is equipped with tools and knowledge to provide high quality service and thorough mold inspection and removal in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and beyond. Call Inch by Inch today to schedule your inspection.