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How Did I Get Mold In My Home?

Aug 18, 2007
There are millions of homes across the United States that have mold growing in their home and they have no idea how it started to grow in their home. One of the main reasons that mold starts growing is due to water damage.

Now before you dismiss this as not important information, let me clue you in on the dangers of mold.

Some of the symptoms and problems directly related to mold are serious symptoms and illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, learning disabilities, mental deficiencies, heart problems, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple chemical sensitivity, bleeding lungs and much more.

Water damage comes in several ways, and it may not be what you think. High humidity can put enough moisture in some homes to start the mold growing process. This is one of the most common factors in mold growth and is one of the most dangerous because this can allow mold to grow inside walls and attics completely undetected. This is the cause of many health problems because it is often ruled out because you do not know it is there.

A small leak in the roof or gutters of your home may cause enough moisture to start the process also. The leak may be so small that you do not even know that you have a leak. This is a dangerous scenario also for several reasons. First is that the moisture can cause mold growth. The next is that your home can start rotting from the water damage and go on for years before it is noticed. I have seen damage from small leaks that caused mold and other damage that ends up costing tens of thousands of dollars to the property owner.

Lack of insulation on air conditioner lines can cause condensation and keep enough moisture to start growing mold as they go through walls. This is one of the easiest to fix, simply replace the insulation on the copper tubing, it is quick and cheap and will save you a lot of trouble in the future.

Window air conditioners that do not divert condensation away from the home can cause problems, make sure the drain is not leaking into the window framing and you will be much safer.

One of the most common causes is a home fire. When your home or business catches fire, the fire dept. uses water to saturate anything that may spark back up. This puts large quantities of water in walls, insulation, drywall material and may other locations that you may not be aware of.
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Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of quality
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Chicago Water Damage Restoration companies across the united states.
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