Wherever there is moisture, there is the propensity for mold spores. And while Rochester, NY, is not necessarily known for being a humid environment, there are still many ways and many places for mold to grow in your home.
From ceilings, windows, doors, and walls, every inch of your home can become a breeding ground for mold development, given the right conditions. Whether it’s a historic home that was built long before new home standards were put into place or merely a broken ac that caused moisture to build up in your home—there are many reasons one would find excessive mold growth.
Let’s take a quick look at what causes mold growth and the average cost of mold removal, so you are well prepared should the situation arise.
What Causes Mold
When you think of mold, most often, the mind will associate it with food. Moldy bread that never got eaten or food that was left in the fridge for too long, yet the kind that grows on (or in) your walls is far more dangerous.
While the mold on food can be detected easily, the mold in your walls can go years without being noticed. Living in such conditions day after day can become extremely detrimental to your health and wellness.
The mold that grows in walls is caused by pockets of humidity that develop, and the chemicals that help to hold your walls together or hold wallpaper to your walls can often act as a type of “food” for mold spores.
Cost of Mold Removal
Anyone who owns real estate knows there is an investment in the upkeep of a home that is required for each piece of property. Yet, the one that they fear the most is the mold remediation. Depending on the placement of the mold, how long it’s been there, and the underlying cause, the costs of mold remediation can fluctuate. This reason is why choosing a reputable company for mold remediation is key to solving the problem at the source.
Remediation costs for mold vary depending on how much and where mold exists. Figure on:
- $500 to $4,000 to remove mold from crawlspaces only.
- $2,000 to $6,000 to remove mold from ducts, crawl spaces, walls, and attics.
- $10,000 to $30,000 (or more) to repair widespread structural damage.
When looking at the bottom line of mold remediation, there are three things that one must consider: containment, removal, and encapsulation to ensure that the mold will not return.
Any good mold remediation company will not merely kill the mold they will put into place a plan to help prevent any decay from returning. Be wary of any company that offers to kill the mold yet does not fix any of the underlying issues
Unexpected Places for Mold Growth
While some places in your home are obvious breeding grounds for mold growth— areas such as attics and basements—there are others that most would not think to look.
In Rochester, NY, it’s quite common for many homes to have chimneys. Surprisingly, fireplaces are a prime location for mold to develop. With most being constructed of brick and having an open-air top, it’s easy to see how water can easily get trapped, and mold could thrive in this environment.
Once considered a new and improved version of the standard washer and dryer, the front-load washer is now known as a breeding ground for mold.
When not being used, the front load washer is normally closed; however, with the door closed, the water and condensation from the prior wash cycle can breed mold spores if not adequately cleaned out after the daily use.
In today’s environmental climate, air conditioners are a much-needed household item. However, they can also be a breeding ground for mold spores. The constant outflow of air and the influx of dust and pollen create the prime environment for mold to grow.
Getting your air conditioner professionally cleaned out once a year can help eliminate the need for costly repairs and unwanted airborne pollutants.
The weather in Rochester, NY, ranges, and often, you will wake to find condensation on your windows. This condensation, if left on its own, can cause mold to grow. As the mold seeps into the surrounding wood, it spreads, causing damage to the structure of your home and, if left untreated, can become quite costly.
Be sure to wipe down windows with a cleaner at least once a week to help you to stop any mold growth before it starts.
Can Mold Grow Back After Remediation
The short answer is yes. Although remediation companies do their best to kill all mold spores, fix any underlying issues, and put into place preventative measures, there is no 100% guarantee that mold will not grow back.
The best tip to avoid any mold is to care for your home, and if you see any damage, repair it before it becomes a more significant issue.
If your remediation company does their job well and fixes not only the existing mold but the underlying causes and you keep the area clean, then there is no reason to think that the mold will return.
Let’s look at some quick tips to help you keep household mold at bay:
- Keep your humidity under 60%
- Wipe down any condensation as soon as you see it.
- Repair any leaks
- Dry off items thoroughly before putting them away
- Improve your airflow. If your home’s ac duct system has not been inspected in the last ten years—call for an inspection. This is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to mold growth in homes.
Keeping mold away is essential for the health of you and everyone you love. Breathing in mold can be toxic and cause more than just damage to your home. It can cause varying medical symptoms leaving you and your family feeling miserable and frustrated.
Maintain Healthy Air Quality
If you have persistent coughs or scratchy throats, one of the most overlooked reasons could be mold growth. We care about our clients, which is why we keep the cost of mold removal affordable.
Don’t live with subpar air quality putting yourself and your family at risk. Don’t leave mold unchecked in your home. Call us today for more information on how we can help you create a healthy, mold-free environment in which to live.