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The Connection Between Mold and Dampness

Published on July 13, 2020

When looking for areas that might need mold testing, we always look for one clear warning sign: dampness. Damp or wet areas in the house are a red flag when it comes to indoor mold growth - so much so that we’ve decided to write a whole article on it to share with you. Understanding the relationship between mold and dampness will help you understand how to get rid of it and how to prevent it from happening again. 

Where Does Moisture Come From?

Mold needs moisture to grow and dripping taps, leaky pipes, long hot showers, and floods are all some of the most common ways that moisture invades our home. Left unchecked, a small drip or leak can start a mold infestation in as little as 48 hours. 

How Can Dampness and Mold Impact Health?

Once mold takes hold in your home, it quickly begins reproducing by sending out small airborne spores. These spores are what causes the bulk of health issues related to mold growth. They get stuck in your eyes, nose, and mouth, causing itching and irritation; they land on your skin and hair, aggravating conditions like psoriasis, and causing dryness; and, perhaps most importantly, they are breathed into the lungs, where they cause inflammation. 

How can Dampness and Mold be Prevented?

Mold growth is easily prevented by keeping things in your home dry. You can: 

  • Regularly inspect your home for leaks, drips, or condensation
  • Install a fan in the bathroom to run during and after showering
  • Dry up any spills, floods, or leaks as soon as possible
  • Have professional mold testing and remediation to lower your risk

How Can Dampness and Mold Problems Be Fixed?

The best way to keep mold from returning is to have it professionally removed - not only does this ensure that it isn’t accidentally spread to other rooms in your house, but we’ll also make sure that we help you get to the root of the dampness or moisture problems. Once the mold is removed and the dampness is fixed, you shouldn’t see any further growth. 

Work with MoldTech to Solve Your Dampness Problems

Mold testing in Toronto can help determine if your damp basement or bathroom has a mold problem. Mold often grows behind walls, under floors, or in difficult to see or reach places, making it tricky to visually identify. This is where mold testing can really help - our sensitive tools will detect the type and concentration of mold spores in any room, giving us valuable information that can be used to safely and thoroughly remediate your home. If you’ve got a damp room or corner of your home, get in touch! We offer free visible mold inspections and can help explain what some of the common causes and signs of mold growth are. For more information about mold testing or mold remediation, call us at 1-866-684-7684.

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