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Common Areas for Mold Growth

Mold/Mould is everywhere in our environment and because of the weather and temperatures in Vancouver, it gives mold prime location to grow. Mold needs three things to grow;

  • Food; any organic material, such as wood, drywall, plaster, fabrics, etc.
  • Water; a moist/humid area
  • Lack of Airflow

Mold is commonly found throughout our homes and here are the most popular areas;

  • Mold in Bathrooms; ceilings, drywall, tile grout and caulking
  • Mold in Attics
  • Mold in Closets
  • Mold in Kitchens
  • Mold in Basements
  • Mold on Windows

Unfortunately eliminating all the elements mold needs to grow is nearly impossible, which is why we wanted to give you a few tips to prevent mold growth and keep your home a safe and healthy environment.

Preventing Mold Growth in Bathrooms

Make sure your bathroom has a working exhaust fan that is installed properly and is venting outside the attic. Make sure your exhaust fan is used during a shower or bath and is left running for at least 30 minutes after. This will ensure that all moisture in the bathroom is vented outside. If the exhaust fan is not working properly, you will notice condensation buildup on the ceiling which can intern, lead to mold growth. Make sure to clean the bath/shower tiles frequently and wipe off any excess moisture after a shower.

Preventing Mold Growth in Attics

In most cases, mold growth in attics is caused from improper ventilation. One of the main culprits is the bathroom exhaust fan. Make sure the exhaust pipe from the fan is vented directly out of the attic through a roof jack. Commonly they are left venting into the attic or out the soffits, which will cause mold growth. Make sure that the attic has opened soffits with proper baffles installed to ensure good airflow into the attic. This needs to be counterbalanced with proper airflow out of the attic for good circulation. If this is not done properly, condensation will appear and mold growth will be inevitable. Lastly, ensure the attic insulation is up to code. If there is too much or too little insulation, condensation will appear once again, and cause mold in attics.

Preventing Mold Growth in Closets

Mold growth in Closets is another very common area. Closets are usually packed pretty tight, which leads to lack of airflow, hence mold growth. To prevent mold growth, don’t fill the closet right up, leave room for air movement. If the closet backs on to an exterior wall, make sure that there is proper insulation in the wall. Often times, the closets are not insulated, and the cold air outside meets the warm air inside and creates condensation

Preventing Mold Growth in Kitchens

The most common area for mold to grow in kitchens is under the sink. If there is a leak in the plumbing, from the tap or dishwasher, mold will definitely grow. If you keep the garbage bin under the sink, this can contribute to mold growth as well. Make sure to check and clean this area on a regular basis. Another common area is in the fridge. This is more of a surface mold, but it is still important to clean out the fridge and remove of any expired food. Make sure to check in behind the fridge as well. If you have a line for the ice machine in the back of the fridge, check to make sure there are no leaks and everything is in working order.

Preventing Mold Growth in Basements

Mold in Basements is one of the most common areas for mold to grow. Because basements are below grade, they are naturally more damp/humid. Make sure all exterior walls are insulated up to code with a proper vapour barrier. Make sure there are no leaks/cracks in the foundation that could cause water infiltration. Make sure any windows in the basement are sealed properly. You may also install dehumidifiers to remove any excess moisture and fans to ensure proper airflow. Any furniture in the basement or in the bedrooms should not be right up against the wall. Leave a good few inches so that air flow can get in behind.

Preventing Mold Growth on Windows

Of all areas in the home, mold on windows is the most common. The majority of mold on windows is a surface mold. Homes with older windows may not be sealed properly, that can cause water infiltration. The may lead to more toxic molds and sure be looked at in more detail. Leave the blinds / curtains open during the day for proper airflow. In the colder months, check the windows for condensation buildup; due to the cold weather outside and us heating the home inside, the windows can start to sweat. If you notice and condensation, wipe off with a towel. Mold on windows can typically be cleaned up with a mold control product.

No matter where the mold may be growing in your home, it is always suggested to get it checked out by a certified company. We are your leading Mold Removal Company in Vancouver and we have highly trained and certified staff to handle any of your questions. Please feel free to call us at 778-331-1008 or email at vancouver@canadarestorationservices.com

 

 

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