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Ideal Conditions for Mold Damage in Philadelphia Homes

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread quickly given the favorable conditions for its existence. Should you see or smell mold, contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

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Preventing mold damage to your Philadelphia home is never a straightforward task. Every home and household is different, meaning acceptable sacrifices and treatment options tend to vary significantly between individual cases. However, you should at least understand the conditions in which mold grows best, so that you can control them as needed and know how at-risk your home is for mold contamination.
The most crucial factor in whether or not your home develops mold damage in Philadelphia is moisture content in the building. How are humidity levels in different parts of the home? Do you have any leaks or water flows around the house? Does moisture accumulate in tile grout or other tight spaces? Excess moisture content is the most critical contributor to mold growth in the home and is also often the easiest factor to control. Most qualities favored by mold are also ideal for people, but moisture presents a fundamental disagreement. While mold may prefer excess moisture and humidity, it may make your home less livable for you and your family. Keep humidity below 45% around the home for optimal comfort and control over mold growth.
Temperature is also essential for mold growth but is far more difficult to control. Most varieties of mold prefer to grow at or slightly above room temperature, which is also ideal for most people. However, if you feel that you can brave colder temperatures, it may serve a dual purpose of discouraging mold growth and saving you money on your heating expenses.
Finally, ventilation in your home may influence the spread of mold. While air currents may make growth more difficult for mold colonies, it also helps to spread their spores around the home and broaden an existing problem. Some species of mold also take readily to the vents themselves, compounding matters significantly.
SERVPRO of Manayunk is a local expert provider of mold remediation and restoration services. If your home bears signs of mold damage, do not hesitate to call us at (215) 482-0800.
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