2 Important Things To Know About Mold In The Home

Posted on: 5 July 2016

Mold isn't just a problem for food in the kitchen--it can strike nearly anywhere in your home where there is moisture present. Worse still, certain types of mold can lead to health issues for you and your family. If you would like to learn more about maintaining a mold-free home, read on. This article will arm you with two important pieces of information about mold.

Plumbing leaks are one of the most common causes of mold.

Moisture is absolutely necessary in order for mold to proliferate. That means that to successfully eliminate a patch of mold, you will need to determine what its water source is. While there are a variety of possible causes--everything from shower steam, to exterior water leaks--in a surprising majority of cases the problem turns out to be a plumbing leak.

Track down the source of the leak by first identifying the nearest water source to the mold in question. Turn on that water source. Allow it to continue running while you make a thorough inspection of the area. Pay especial attention to water pooling up around the fixture or to drips occurring in the pipework below it.

Don't worry if you can't find the leak right away. For one thing, where fixtures like showers and faucets are concerned, the water may need to run for several minutes before the leak manifests. If a particular fixture seems okay, move on to the next closest. Patiently inspect each fixture in your home, gradually moving away from the mold, until you have found the culprit.

Mold on the ceiling generally indicates a duct insulation problem.

While ceiling mold may be caused by a leaky plumbing fixture on the floor above, it is even more likely that the issue is tied to an insufficiently insulated duct. You see, there is always going to be a temperature differential between the air moving through the inside of your ducts--either hot or cold, depending on the season in question--and the air outside of them. To increase the efficiency of the HVAC system, such ducts are almost always insulated.

Problems ensue, however, when that insulation comes loose. What happens is that, as a result of the difference in temperatures, condensation tends to form on the outside of the duct. Over time this condensation will begin to drip down onto the ceiling, thus leading to moist patches--the ideal habitat for mold. If you've noticed mold deposits forming on your ceiling, have your ductwork inspected for insulation gaps by a professional HVAC repair person.

For more information, contact professionals like Big Mountain Insulators Inc.