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How Mold Damage Starts In Phoenix

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Mold Damage Starts In Phoenix   The key catalyst for any mold colony's growth is water.

How Mold Damage Starts

The key catalyst for any mold colony's growth is water. Mold requires a source of excess water to start growing and maintain reproductive rates, and should quickly jump at any opportunities it finds in your home. There are many ways that water can get into your home in Phoenix and cause mold damage, but not all may come to mind even after you find the mold that resulted from them. These are some of the top ways that Valley homes develop mold damage from excess water.

Leaks And Drips
One of the easiest ways to develop mold damage in Phoenix is through leaks and drips in your home. Leaks are caused by loosened or cracked pipes, malfunctioning appliances, holes in the home exterior, and other potential factors. If you ever find a new leak in your home, try to identify its source and patch up the problem as quickly as possible to prevent the issue from blooming into a much more significant mold damage disaster.

Interior Floods
Small flooding events such as overflowing tubs, busted water lines or appliances, and other spills can quickly become a huge deal if mold starts to grow as a consequence of them. When water remains in materials around the home for too long, it encourages mold growth across the entire damp surface of an object. This is one of the top causes of mold damage in carpeting.

High Relative Humidity
Ideally, your home should be below 40% relative humidity at all times. Because we are in Arizona, this issue is much easier to deal with than elsewhere in the country, but you still need to be mindful in your home. If the building has an HVAC issue, this may also lead to higher humidity and encourage relatively rapid mold growth.

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