We all know the array of problems that come along with mould growth. Besides that, we also know that it can be quite expensive to remove mould from affected areas. The best way to prevent mould growth at home is to take measures to prevent it in the first place. Understanding how mould grows and the environment and factors that help it thrive can help prevent mould growth at home.
Below are factors that encourage mould growth and also stated are tips to prevent it from happening.
Moisture is the most important element that contributes to mould growth and it does not take a lot of water for mould spores to spread. The sources of moisture at home could be numerous; like a pipe leak below kitchen sinks, the warm and wet environment after a shower in bathrooms and bathroom rugs if not washed regularly. Toothbrush and toothpaste holders are also common places for mould growth. A solution to help you prevent mould growth in bathrooms is to use a squeegee to remove excess water followed by wiping the floor with a dry cloth. Pipe leaks should be fixed at the earliest. Avoiding moisture in closed dark areas will prevent mould growth at home.
Mould needs food sources in order to thrive. These sources could be anything like materials such as leather, wood, cotton, paper, etc. It could also include food items like vegetables, fruits, and meats. Besides these, mould can even grow on dirt or dust, hence dusty areas are an open opportunity for mould growth and a little moisture on these surfaces will only accelerate the process. Keep your home clean at all times and dispose of kitchen waste regularly. A tip to prevent mould growth on walls is to use mould-resistant paints in areas that are likely to be moist.
Dark environments are ideal for mould growth. Bright sunlight usually kills mould spores, hence you don’t find mould growing in the open. The hidden corners of your home that do not receive any sunlight are areas you should keep a check on. If possible expose these areas to bright sunlight once in a while.
The ideal temperature for mould growth is anything above freezing point. This is the reason why mould grows in your refrigerator but not in your freezer. Besides this, mould grows the fastest at temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Knowing the temperatures at which mould grows you should be extra careful during summers.
The above factors should help you understand whether there’s a possibility of mould growth in your home or not and take steps to help prevent it.
If you find patches of mould growth in your home, take immediate action before the damage is irreversible. Contact Biosite Cleanup for expert mould testing and mould removal services. We cater to home and business owners in Goulburn, Canberra, Batemans Bay, and other areas of NSW. We are always ready to help.