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Make Sure Mold Won’t Happen to You!

Mold is one of a homeowner’s biggest enemies. The summer is winding down and with the change of the seasons comes a change in the weather. While high temperatures and summer rain may subside in the next month, this can be the perfect growing season for mold and mildew which can last forever unless treated. Treatment of mold is not only an inconvenience but it is also intrusive, expensive and just plain messy. At the Plumbing Works, we want to help you avoid mold this season by letting you know potential ways that it can form in your home. Keep your eyes peeled for these things in your home and get them taken care of fast to avoid a moldy future.

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It’s important to know the conditions that allow mold to grow:

  • Oxygen
  • Moisture
  • Warmth
  • Darkness
  • A Food Source (eg. Wood, drywall, cotton, etc. )
  • Time

If the conditions are right, it can start growing in between 1-2 days! The biggest determining factor that contributes to the growth of mold is moisture – if you have a moisture problem in your home, if moisture gets trapped in different areas, you’re in the danger zone. This is why the end of summer humidity is prime mold-forming season.

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Humidity & Mold – Moisture Control is the Most Important Thing

After several days of rain or intense humidity for a short period of time, you may see mold growing on walls, benches or other surfaces that the wet air touches. It is even more of a concern if you live in a naturally humid area where the problem can be recurring. If your home isn’t well ventilated you may see problems as well: When the inside of a home is holding moisture, and the moisture evaporates, the humidity increases and remains at a high level for an extended period of time. Refrain from installing carpeting in places where moisture is a constant problem.

When it’s humid indoors, damp materials like towels and wet clothes take a long time to dry. These are magnets for mold growth. The same goes with water puddles that may collect near your shower or any other area. While it is common for people to use humidifiers to reduce the humidity, the truth is that certain types of mold can grow at above about 50% humidity levels in your home! If you trust a dehumidifier to guarantee a fix, make sure it is functioning as efficiently as needed to do the job.

Other areas that can cause mold in the home:

  • Leaky Pipes
  • Leaky Roofs
  • Condensation
  • Poor Ventilation
  • Flooding
  • Damp Basements
  • Water at the Foundation of a House

If Mold Should Happen to You…

It’s nearly impossible to remove all mold spores and mold from the inside of your home but you can monitor and control it by controlling the moisture. Minimizing moisture is the best way to avoid it. If mold should grow on hard surfaces, clean it with water and detergent and make sure you dry it completely to guarantee it won’t return. Replace absorbent materials like carpets and ceiling tiles if they are affected to ensure proper removal. Mold thrives in dark places – Increase the light flow in your home. Keep your shades wide open in dark rooms and areas to allow natural light to flow through. Also, mold needs a temperature of 70 degrees in order to grow. Air conditioning units and central air systems can help minimize mold growth possibilities.

***Did you know that mold can be harmful to your health and greatly decrease the quality of your indoor air??? At the Plumbing Works, we are local leaders in indoor air quality. We can meet with you and come up with a personalized plan that can improve the quality of the air you breathe with filters, dehumidifiers, UV lights…and more! Visit our Indoor Air Quality Page for more information:  Indoor Air Quality***

At The Plumbing Works, we see way too often the damage that mold can cause in homes. Protect your home by following some of the tips above and make sure you check your home often for moisture to make sure mold doesn’t happen to you! Our company prides ourselves in 100% customer satisfaction and looking out for the best interests of our clients in the Reading PA area. We provide superior Plumbing Services, Heating & Cooling Services and Commercial Services. Whether you need plumbing or HVAC installations, repairs or maintenance, The Plumbing Works is the Company for the job.

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