Mold can be easily detected in places like showers and on walls in damp and musty basements. In fact about 40 percent of moisture in a home can originate in the basement. But there are other areas inside your home where mold can thrive, and these places may not be on your radar. Here are two of them.
A crawlspace is an area that can experience excess humidity, condensation from HVAC ductwork and pipes, and poor rainwater drainage. If these issues are unaddressed, as moisture and humidity in that space increase, they can create a breeding ground for mold. Mold spores can enter your home because about 50 percent of the air from your crawlspace reaches your living space every day.
DIY projects can bring a great sense of accomplishment when you step back and take a look at the finished product—whether you’ve performed a paint job, tiled a bathroom shower or kitchen backsplash, adorned your walls with crown molding, or removed a wall to create an open-concept space. For each successful project, however, there is a renovation gone wrong. But a lack of experience isn’t always the culprit. Sometimes the more skilled DIYers, and even professionals, can cause problems that don’t show up until walls are closed and the coasts seem clear.
Case in point: screws or nails that are driven into drywall and accidentally puncture water or wastewater PVC pipes causing a leak behind a closed wall. These leaks can be slow and go undetected for days, weeks, or even months— depending on where they’re located—until they result in visible water damage. If you’re noticing water damage to your walls, floors, or elsewhere in your residence, it means there’s been a leak for some time. When provided with a food source, a moist environment, and room temperature conditions, mold can begin to grow in as little as two days. Over time, the resulting mold growth can be extensive and require major remediation.
Exact Recon specializes in mold removal and remediation. Contact us for a free mold evaluation. Our experts are ready to help.