Mold are fungal organisms that play a very important role in natural ecosystems as organic matter decomposers, but they also cause a variety of health issues when present in indoor environments. They are most active from early spring to fall, but their occurrence in indoor environments is most likely during winter and humid summer days. A combination of warmth and moisture in the summer stimulates mold growth and can often have a detrimental effect on indoor air quality making it crucial to hire the right professionals for black mold removal.
Where Can Mold Be Found?
Molds prefer warmer temperatures above 70°F and below 90°F, and most indoor environments have temperatures somewhere in this range. Some molds can grow successfully even in cooler conditions and can tolerate temperatures as low as 40°F. All molds require humidity to thrive, and most types will grow successfully at humidity levels above 60%. For this reason, it is advised to keep indoor air humidity between 30% and 50%. However, this can be quite difficult to achieve during humid summer days with heavy rainfall. A dehumidifier can be quite useful in such circumstances, especially in rooms that are prone to excess moisture.
There are quite a few places at home that often provide favourable conditions for mold development:
- Bathrooms – Molds, especially black mold, can be often found in bathrooms due to the significant amounts of water that regularly evaporate after each bath, shower or hand-washing. Bathrooms often have problems with increased air humidity levels especially when there is no adequate ventilation, but the biggest damage is caused by leaky pipes and faucets. Wet stains on the walls and floors caused by flooding or damaged pipes are areas where black mold thrives.
- Kitchens – Due to activities like preparing and cooking food and dishwashing, kitchens are also prone to excess moisture that can lead to mold development.
- Cellars and attics – These places are usually not ventilated properly, which often leads to accumulation of moisture and mold growth. Roof damage caused by the elements and flooding is the two main precursors of mold infestation in these areas.
- Laundry room – Drying freshly washed clothes inside can significantly increase air humidity levels, especially if they are made of natural materials like cotton and wool, as these can hold a lot of moisture.
Black Mold Removal with Inch By Inch
Molds can be prevented by creating unfavourable conditions for their growth and maintaining good hygiene. However, this can be very hard at times, as many conditions that are favourable for humans are favourable for molds too. Once they establish, molds can create a perpetual air quality problem. Some species, like black mold, can be very harmful to health as they produce mycotoxins. When these types of mold are in question, it is best to contact a professional mold removal service. Efficient and thorough black mold removal requires safety equipment and expertise of certified inspectors. The staff of Inch by Inch Inspections offer years of expertise, safe and eco-friendly mold removal in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and beyond. If you are looking for a friendly, honest and experienced inspector, reach out to Inch by Inch and schedule your mold removal today.