Are You Feeding Your House Mold?

Nobody intentionally wants to encourage house mold growth! But you may be doing things that not only lets mold sneak into your house but also “feeds” the house mold spores that are already there.

Mold spores are virtually everywhere in the natural environment. It is impossible to get rid of them completely, but you can keep them from impacting your home and your health.

What makes house mold thrive?

Mold needs two things to thrive: moisture and cellulose. Cellulose is found in everything from paper and wood to cotton, linen, rayon, and other fibers that comprise many of the materials found in your home including drywall, window frames, sheetrock, carpeting, and furniture. If these materials get and stay damp/wet or even just get intermittently wet and then dry out you have the perfect breeding ground for mold.

Most people know to watch out for mold after flooding or when a noticeable leak is discovered but you want to make sure you aren’t doing any of these other things that also “feed” house mold:

Poor indoor air quality aggravates many types of allergies as well as asthma and can cause other health symptoms — and the presence of mold in your home can cause poor indoor air quality. For more information on how to deal with house mold, read our other resources here:

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Carl Grimes
Hayward Score Healthy Homes Director Carl Grimes has both the personal experience of how an unhealthy home created his own disabling health issues, plus professional experience in various industries working in the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) field. Carl also wrote Starting Points for a Healthy Habitat in 1999, detailing possibilities of what could occur in a house to make its occupants sick, how to identify what was happening, and what to do about it.
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