Is Your Northern Minnesota Home at Risk for Mold Growth?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), mold is everywhere. It’s in the air you breath, on the surfaces you touch, clinging to your clothing, and hidden in the hair of your pet. There are between tens of thousands to over three hundred thousand type of mold in the United States alone. Most of these fungi remain outdoors where they break down organic compounds, including dead leaves, wood and plants.

Occasionally, mold spores stick to you and travel indoors. Under the right conditions, those spores settle inside of your Northern Minnesota home, where they reproduce and spread. The only surefire method to combat a mold infestation is by scheduling mold remediation services immediately.

How Mold Infestations Grow Inside Minnesota Homes

With the right conditions, mold can go grow anywhere. It only requires a food source, darkness, warmth, moisture, and time. Moisture is the key here: if you have excess moisture or water damage inside your home (due to a leaking pipe, for instance), then mold can flourish.

Leaks That Cause Mold Growth Indoors

One of the primary sources of mold growth in residential homes is a plumbing leak. A plumbing leak behind the walls can go unnoticed for quite some time, and mold can grow within just 24 to 48 hours. If you do not track down and resolve the water leak quickly, then you’re likely facing a mold infestation behind the walls or underneath the floors.

Leaking pipes are not the only cause of mold growth. A roof leak, dropping water directly into the attic, may go undiscovered for even longer than a plumbing leak. How many of us venture into the attic regularly? Inspect the attic occasionally for signs of leaks and keep an eye on the ceilings underneath the attic space. If you notice signs of water damage, such as brown spots or mildew smells, call in an expert to locate the source.

Poor Ventilation and Mold Growth

Another common cause of mold growth in Northern Minnesota home is poor ventilation. If your home has stagnant, moist air, then mold will probably thrive. The steam and water evaporation from your bathroom or kitchen can cause excess humidity. If that humidity and vapor have nowhere to escape, it circulates indoors and settles on countertops and between floorboards. Here, mold begins to form.

If you’re worried about ventilation, a roofing company or plumber can help provide better ventilation through the attic.

Suspect mold in your home? Don’t hesitate to call Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota. We provide 24-hour mold remediation and inspection services for residential and commercial properties. Our mold experts are on-call 24/7 because your health and safety are paramount to our team.

For exceptional mold remediation, please call us today.

About The Author

Patrick McBrady is the owner of Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota. Pat has more than five years of professional restoration experience and 24 years of management experience, and he has received certifications from the IICRC and the ACAC.

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