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Protecting your home from mould is a primary concern for many homeowners and a common cause of health problems such as asthma and allergies. Although you may think your home is mould-free, there may be small particles of mould spores in the air that, given a chance, will grow and become black mould in the house.

All homes can have mould growth with the combination of mould spores, a damp surface, oxygen, and warmth. Knowing where to look and how to remove mould can help you prevent unhealthy mould from growing in your home.

Mould in Basements

Basements are a prime location for mould. Condensation or moisture can find its way into your basement, and the older the house, the more likely you have a damp basement.

Air circulation helps move moisture out of your basement, rather than saturating carpeting, drywall, and wooden structures. Without it, overly damp areas are the perfect invitation for mould to take hold.

Check these areas in your basement:

  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Near windows or vents where condensation might gather
  • Around pipes and ductwork
  • Under stairs or unused spaces
  • Water tanks
  • Under carpeting or flooring
  • Drywall around wet areas or leaks

Mould in Bathrooms and Showers

The warm, moist environment of a bathroom is the perfect storm for mould growth. Bathrooms without proper ventilation or a ceiling fan are especially prone to attracting mould.

Showers and bathtubs are some of the most common places to find traces of mould. With daily and repeated use, these areas tend to be damp most of the time. Mould spores will thrive and grow in the grout, loose sealant, and worse, in the drywall itself.

Mould in Attics

Weak or missing shingles, damage to the roof’s structure or poor vapour barrier installation leave your home open to water damage and mould. Most people don’t frequent their attic and don’t know mould is growing.

Mould in the attic can be a massive problem as ventilation piping can spread mould spores throughout your home, making you and your family sick for seemingly unknown reasons. If you suspect mould, check the insulation in the attic along with the seals on piping. 

Mould in Crawl Spaces

Crawl spaces are another area that doesn’t get daily use. Closed doors to crawl spaces can prevent air circulation from moving moisture. It can permeate surfaces and stored items, and with the combination of warm air, trap mould spores for a perfect hiding spot to grow.

Unused household items and clothing are often boxed and stored in crawl spaces. Should moisture soak through any boxes or absorbent goods, mould spores will likely take advantage of the chance to multiply.

Areas with Recent Water Damage

Basements are susceptible to water damage from floods, poorly sealed cement floors and walls, and lack of ventilation. When they occur, lack of repair or proper air circulation can lead to further damages to drywall or flooring. Musty smells indicate lingering dampness, bettering the chance of mould growth.

Basements aren’t the only areas to find water damage. Leaking roofs, broken or leaking pipes, or accidentally leaving a tap running to overflow water on the floor are all causes of water damage to your home. All of which are prone to mould growth if left unchecked.

What to do if You Suspect Mould in Your Home

If you suspect mould inside your home— it is best to call a professional. Mould may be hiding behind your walls or near pipes that are not visible to you in the attic or basement. Get an expert’s opinion to prevent any illness caused by mould.

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