What are the Common Causes of Black Mold Growth?

What are the Common Causes of Black Mold Growth?

Do you know indoor air pollution such as dampness and mold, and other biological agents are the primary cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide? In fact, indoor air pollution is a growing problem in the United States and accounts for up to 50% of all health issues.

Whether it is the white patches on your basement floor or the black spots on your bathroom fan, black mold is one of the most hazardous fungi. Black mold in your house can make you sick, especially if you have asthma or allergies. Yes, about 40% of people are more likely to have asthma when living in a moldy or damp house.

What is black mold? 

Black mold is a type of fungus that is black or dark green and has a distinct damp mildew smell. When it comes to toxic black mold, prevention is better than cure as this type of mold can cause a range of health issues and it is difficult and expensive to remove.

Black mold requires more humidity than other types of molds, and it cannot germinate unless it has a humidity of at least 90%. It doesn’t need so much moisture once it starts growing, but still requires 70% or more to flourish. However, if you understand the causes of black mold, you can prevent it.

Causes of mold growth in your house 

Leaky roofs 

Mold is drawn to moisture, and if there are any holes in your roof, it will eventually lead to mold growth. Rain, sleet, snow all provide enough moisture for mold to survive on. Toxic mold will feed on a range of items including cardboard boxes, a certain type of insulation, and even the structural beams of your home. Fix the holes as early as possible. Once the leaks are fixed, conduct Albuquerque mold inspection to identify the mold growth in nearby areas.

Poor insulation 

Attics usually have no ventilation, and the frequent temperature changes lead to condensation and moisture buildup. Debris and dirt can clog the pathways for air to travel through, and mold will feed on that dirt and debris if given a chance. So, change the air filters frequently and even consider investing in air filters that are with higher ratings to cut down on your chances of mold. If you spot any black spots on the attic, seek help from the professionals for Albuquerque mold removal.

Leaky pipes 

A flooded basement or burst pipe is an invitation to mold. Unlike a flooded a basement, the leaky pipe isn’t visible as it may run through the walls of your home and a leak can spring inside the walls. So, if you detect leaky pipes fix them as early as possible to avoid mold growth.  If you notice any musty smell after fixing the pipes, it is a sure sign of the presence of mold. Hire a professional team to perform Albuquerque mold remediation and remove the mold.

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