There are actually five factors that are needed to support fungal growth, but water is the factor most easily controlled indoors and is the one factor every species of mold requires. The other factors are temperature, light, nutrients (food source), and PH (molds prefer a slightly acidic environment).
Water is one of the key ingredients for mold growth. Water can also be the result of excessive humidity. When excessive humidity or water is the culprit of mold growth, one of the first things that you want to do is remove the water. Here at SteamWay we get to the root of the problem, not just the surface.
Mold spores attach themselves to a surface and when the conditions are perfect for growth, it starts spreading quickly. If mold has been there for a while, to remove it, you need to get to the root of the mold. Usually, that means taking out drywall or floorboards. Limited airflow, high moisture content, and limited light are a few key things to promote mold growth.
If your home is poorly ventilated it can create pockets of stagnant moist air which mold thrives in. Steam and water evaporating into the air create humidity inside which then needs to be circulated outdoors through windows to keep the moisture level balanced.
Poor ventilation also means wet surfaces dry out more slowly. Ventilation is especially important in rooms such as the bathroom and the kitchen where there is a lot of steam.
Do not ignore the early signs of mold in your home. If you can smell mold in your home or you have had wet building materials for more than 72 hours, then it may be time to call the professionals at SteamWay. 434-845-2636.