Mold growth is a nightmare, especially if you’re planning to sell your house soon. Whether you notice mold in your home as a one-off occurrence or have a case of stubborn mold that keeps coming back, it can be hazardous to your health and environment. If you can’t figure out why your house has mold in the first place, here are some common causes of mold growth in your home to consider.
High Humidity Levels
If your area or the inside of your home experiences consistently high humidity levels, this could cause mold growth in your home. Humid and dark conditions promote mold development. So, it’s common for mold to appear in damp areas around your home, such as the bathroom, basement, closets, and cabinets. If humidity is an issue in your home, you should try investing in a dehumidifier to clear some of the excess moisture from the air.
Pipe or Roof Leaks
Anytime moisture and water collect in a dark area of your home, mold will likely appear there. This makes leaking pipes and leaking roofs common offenders when it comes to mold. Leaking pipes are usually a sign of a plumbing problem in your home, but they could also drip due to condensation from high humidity in the air. So, always make sure to monitor your humidity levels. On the other hand, a leaking roof could be a sign of old construction or structural issues. So, it’s best to call in the professionals.
Accidental or Natural Flooding
If you live in an area prone to flooding, you may have already experienced mold growth in your home. It can take weeks for your home to dry out completely after a flood, which means mold can grow anywhere. It may appear on the walls, floors, or on a surface that has suffered water damage. Even if you don’t live in an area that experiences flooding, accidental home floods can still cause water damage and result in mold growth. For instance, you may experience flooding that results from overflowing toilets and bathtubs.
Now that you know the common causes of mold growth in your home, you know which areas to inspect. If you discover mold growth in any of these places, it’s always best to contact a professional restoration service. Removing mold by yourself is dangerous to your health and not as effective because it can grow back. This is a job that you should leave to the pros, especially if you plan on listing your home soon. Selling a house with mold is quite difficult, and the presence of mold usually results in a lower sale price.Never miss an episode of our real estate podcast. Install our FREE Podcast App available on iOS and Android. For your Apple Devices, click here to install our iOS App. For your Android Devices, click here to install our Android App. Check my videos on Youtube